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Last Update: 15 February 2010


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Click for Bethesda, Maryland Forecast

Check out our local weather! Click on the image at left for detailed weather information for Bethesda, MD. There is a five-day forecast and links to all manner of maps — radar, satellite photos, precipitation and more. There is also a link to Google Maps, which shows our local area and can be zoomed over a wide range. The green location arrow does not point to our precise location but it is in the neighborhood.




Davey Hearn

daveyhearn.com ~ everything whitewater racing for sport, fun and fitness.   Books and videos, race results, coaching clinics, photos, equipment and more.

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Maximum Whitewater Performance — World Class Whitewater Paddling Gear Slalom Kayaks & Canoes, Paddles, Sprayskirts, Helmets, Outfitting/Repair, and Gear.
 

MOLD CONSTRUCTION

This is our own short article giving an overview of how to build and maintain a simple, utilitarian fiberglass mold. The focus is on molding a decked canoe or kayak but the basic principles apply for almost anything one might want to mold out of fiberglass.

Polytek

Another way to create molds, particularly for small items, involves the use of liquid rubber, silicones, and that sort of thing. Polytek Development Corp. is a producer of materials for this application. I know nothing about them but it seemed that this might be a useful link.

weave pattern

We have a Fabric Information page, which discusses Kevlar and Twaron fibers and yarns and gives considerable detail on fiberglass yarn nomenclature and the construction and finishing of fiberglass fabrics, plus a section on graphite [carbon] yarns and fabrics. We have added a few lines on ballistic fabrics and cutting Kevlar.

About.com

These folks provide a news page for the composites industry in general, with links to a wide range of resources. Their page of links for How-To Tips looks particularly interesting though I have not had to time to follow many of them.

kayak

We have our own page of How-To Tips, which, at present, has only five subjects: cutting and shaping Minicel, outfitting canoes and kayaks, installing footbraces, making a sprayskirt, and making skid plates. There will be more here as we have time to prepare it.

Repair Work

Meanwhile, if you are looking for some tips on repairing composite canoes and kayaks you might call Paul Schreiner at P S Composites, 724-329-4413, in southwestern PA. When he is not overly busy building new boats Paul will also do repairs, in case you get into something over your head. Another possibility for repairs is David Brown at Great Falls Canoe & Kayak Repair, 703-281-4380, in northern Virginia. Dave specializes in aluminum and Royalex repairs but he does fiberglass work also. In New England, contact Robert Allen at Ranger Fiberglass Co., 413-568-8832, also a general repair shop.

Kayak bldg

Guillemot Kayaks offers a page on kayak building with links to a wide range of resources including on-going and completed projects. They also have a page called SEE Kayak, with another long list of links especially relating to sea kayaking but including many of more general interest.

Loon

Laughing Loon Canoes and Kayaks build handcrafted wooden boats. They also offer kits and plans for the home builder and some shop tips on wood-strip building. This site is rather slow to load due to large graphics files.
 

Boat Bldg

The boatbuilding.community” is yet another site with a long list of links to all manner of boat-building resources — in their words, “boat building, design, and repair resource for amateur and professional custom boatbuilders.”
 

NPMB

The Northeast Paddler’s Message Board provides a forum for exchange of paddling information with emphasis on, but not limited to, the northeastern U.S.   They also provide links to a wide range of information resources.

BoatingLinks.com

Touting itself as the most complete collection of Boating Links on the Internet, this site is for boaters who want to compare boats, charters, products, and information sources. They have a multi-level directory of Boating Links designed to make it easy to locate the info you need.

BoatDesign.Net

BoatDesign.Net is primarily devoted to yachts and power boats. They have quite an extensive link library for all aspects of boat design including books and magazines as well as materials and a gallery of on-going projects.

Boat Owner's World

Boat Owner’s World has the most extensive link library I think I’ve ever seen. Everything from A to Z (literally) that has anything to do with boating. There are links for canoes and kayaks as well as yachts and all manner of peripheral things like clubs and associations, racing, even weather.

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Demaree Inflatable Boats builds first-rate rubber rafts and also sells repair parts and some other things that might be useful to a wider audience, such as nylon webbing, buckles, and D-rings. They also sell neoprene glue that is much more expensive than ours but I’m told that it is much more aggressive. Ours works fine for most applications but if it fails for you, try theirs. There is a link to these products on their home page called “Small Store,” which offers on-line ordering. There is also a contact page with their address, phone, and a link for e-mail.

KajakSport


Kajak Sport of Finland makes sea kayaks and also some accessories such as deck fittings, hatches, and rudders that folks ask us about from time to time. Their US agent is Global Outfitters in Waban, MA.
 

Net Composites

These folks also provide a news page for the composites industry. They have a 60-page basic-education section called “Guide to Composites” that seems quite comprehensive and they offer for sale a long list of books and videos. They are in the UK so some terminology differs slightly from US usage. Postage to the US on books, etc., published in the US will be similar to that charged by a domestic outlet since in most cases they are shipped directly from the publisher.


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