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Re: cracks in hull

Posted by: George Roberts on January 3, 2000

> I am considering building a cedar strip kayak and have been told that the
> hull will crack along the top due to stress. Is this true, or only a myth?

I and others have had problems where knee pressure during rolling or leaning will cause the fiberglass to fail along the strips (and then the wood will crack if you don't repair it).

Others have had problems where reentries by climbing on the rear deck causes cracking.

So it is true.

Can it be avoided? Yes, use sufficient materials to prevent the cracking.

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