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Kungur
 
10/05/2020 04:31PM  
Not sure if this is the correct forum, but curious if anyone has any experience with the above type of canoe? How has it held up to trips?

Thanks!
Tom
 
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10/06/2020 09:30AM  
I’ve only seen skin on frame kayaks personally in hauling them. They would be light enough, but how they’d hold up to rocks and such I don’t know.
 
10/06/2020 11:57AM  
Tom,
We ran into a crew from Urban Boatbuilders in 2017. The paddlers had beautiful skin-on-frame canoes. Check out the link--they sell boats and offer (in non-COVID times) some classes. The crew was really nice, and all were interesting to talk with.

TZ
 
Northwoodsman
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10/06/2020 01:26PM  
If you watch their YouTube video showing the strength you may be impressed. I would like to see the back side of the material however once they got done beating it to see what it looked like.
 
10/07/2020 08:14AM  
Urban Boatbuilders' durability test video. This demo may answer some questions about the integrity of skin-on-frame construction, but I'd be more interested in a test panel being dragged across granite or gravel...

TZ
 
robwaddell
 
10/28/2020 04:06PM  
I took one from Urban Boatbuilders last year. It was myself, and my two boys with my youngest in a sling seat in the middle. It worked just fine. We grounded out on some rocks and dragged it over a beaver dam without any issue. I was nervous about it, but it handled it well.
 
11/03/2020 06:35PM  
I’d love to see one... it would be the coolest solo boat should they make one.
 
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