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If it comes to that I may have to overlap ... but I would really prefer to have a continuous, just seems like the easiest solution. When I put out all that money for a premium product and compromise before I even start, then I usually rethink the process.


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Maybe we could collaborate on a build, I don't think we are that far apart in Ontario .... I will advise what CC says.

Sorry for delay in this Brian - I was one of the people unable to post over the last little while until DaveO got things fixed. Tempting offer - will have to see what my appetite is after I finish my current tandem build, which hopefully will be sometime in early July. Definitely curious about what you hear from CC - thanks

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This thread has got me thinking. I just did a little research and to add to:
Look at what Millbrook has been doing for years on their whitewater boats. Just a couple layers of s-glass and kevlar with no core as far as I know and they're pretty light.
They have used spheretex in at least some of their hulls and it can be used in a hand lay-up manner instead of divinycel. This has got me thinking about 2-3 layer 6 oz. E-glass + spheretex inside & ribs with a possible dynel football.
 
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Sorry for delay in this Brian - I was one of the people unable to post over the last little while until DaveO got things fixed. Tempting offer - will have to see what my appetite is after I finish my current tandem build, which hopefully will be sometime in early July. Definitely curious about what you hear from CC - thanks

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Got the same story from CC as you did Tony. However, I did have some 4 oz S glass shipped from Sweets to a friend in Buffalo. Just met up for a trip into Algonquin and he brought it along, so I now have 20 yards of 60" 4 oz S glass for my next build.

My wood guy has some canoe grade northern white cedar for me to pickup, unfortunately on that last trip, I ended up busting up my ankle pretty good ... so no driving for a couple months, hopefully still there when I can drive again.

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Missed this post until now Brian. Really sorry to hear about your ankle - sounds like a nasty spill, but I hope it mends quickly.

I tried to get CC to sell me some 60 inch 4 ounce s-glass in cut yards again a couple of months ago. They didn’t say “no” but did say that they had none in stock, so I was out of luck either way. Will hit them up again later this summer - maybe they will get the message that there is a market for this stuff in “personal” sized orders. Will also look at Sweets, although I don’t have a US-based middle man so might get pricey for shipping etc.

For the pack canoe I just finished I overlapped the 30 inch s-glass on the exterior and it worked pretty well, but took some fussing to blend in the edges - all doable but not ideal.

BTW is your “wood guy” Scouten White Cedar in Smiths Falls?
 
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Missed this post until now Brian. Really sorry to hear about your ankle - sounds like a nasty spill, but I hope it mends quickly.

I tried to get CC to sell me some 60 inch 4 ounce s-glass in cut yards again a couple of months ago. They didn’t say “no” but did say that they had none in stock, so I was out of luck either way. Will hit them up again later this summer - maybe they will get the message that there is a market for this stuff in “personal” sized orders. Will also look at Sweets, although I don’t have a US-based middle man so might get pricey for shipping etc.

For the pack canoe I just finished I overlapped the 30 inch s-glass on the exterior and it worked pretty well, but took some fussing to blend in the edges - all doable but not ideal.

BTW is your “wood guy” Scouten White Cedar in Smiths Falls?
Scouten is good, I have visited and bought there, but I found a guy near Killaloe (Round Lake) that is better wood and a better price. I just hope he still has the wood when i can drive.

Surgery on the ankle went well, sporting internal hardware now, incisions are healing very well, I am about 3 weeks out from next checkup to see if I can start weight bearing physio .... on a positive note, getting air lifted out of the wilds was pretty intense, those guys were "bad ass".

Noahs (Toronto) has been telling me they were going to start stocking 6 oz S glass, but it hasn't happened yet .... I did suggest 4 Oz might be a better idea.
 
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Holy cow - an air lift rescue followed by what sounds like major surgery. That’s more backwoods adventure than I would want. Again, very sorry to hear this. Was it a fall or something like that?
 
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Just a stupid slip going round a rocky mud pit (edit: it was also pouring rain, with falling temps) ..... lol, fortunately the canoe wasn't damaged. The guys I was with were pretty awesome, decided we needed to get to a campsite, so they got me into my canoe, over a few beaver dams and into a site some 3.5 hours later. The response when I blew the beacon was pretty impressive and the 2 officers ... as I said to them "bad ass" ....
 
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