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The Upper Yukon River Canoe


kayak image

There are several fabrics that are commonly used to skin a 'yak. I use ballistic nylon. It is untreated, tough, and can be shrunk. I first stretch the skin onto the frame, baste it, and then go back and stitch it up. Then it is wetted down and ironed to shrink it.

kayak image

As with skinning, there are different types of paint or epoxy to put on the skin. I usually use oil based polyurethane floor paint. This one I did with a similar paint, but it is spar varnish. The color you see in the pic is the natural amber color of the varnish. I put as many coats on the boat as it takes to fill the weave.

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