Fabric Boats

 

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People ask how strong our boats are - the best way to show this is by asking you to take a look at: www.papete.co.uk

Alistair puts one of our canoes through it's paces and raises money for charity.

Click on the picture to see the video of the trip.

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Our flax canoes are built to harmonise with the environment the covering being made from renewable natural materials. Flax is one of our oldest crops. Fibre from the stems is prepared in such a way that it absorbs the resin which is made from the oil extracted from the seeds of flax/linseed plants.Technical developments in the biocomposite industry from two UK companies have introduced eco friendly based products with none of the drawbacks to the user or the environment as often associated with petrochemical based resins. Our experience with fabric covered craft and flax growing led us to develop light flexible canoes suited to sheltered waters, rivers and lakes - the 21st century evolution of skin on frame boats.
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RIGA

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Length 11ft6ins | Beam 28ins | Centre depth 11ins | Weight 12kgs - one person canoe kit

Open narrow canoe suitable for paddling as a kayak with a double paddle.

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Length 12ft | Beam 30ins | Centre depth 11ins | Weight 13kgs

Open paddling canoe can either be single or double paddled. Flatter and slightly beamier.

 

 

Canoes - includes canoe, buoyancy bags and cushions. Ring for prices - 07815 967951.

Hull is made from 90%+ flax.

 

 

ALIZEE

2 BUOYANCY BAGS AND 1 DOUBLE CUSHION

RIGA

2 BOUYANCY BAGS AND 4 DOUBLE CUSHIONS

READY BUILT BOATS OR KITS

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FLAXLAND GOES TO STUTTGART

THE FLAXLAND CANOE WAS EXHIBITED AT THE STUTTGART COMPOSITES EUROPE SHOW IN SEPTEMBER 2011

UK - NEC BIRMINGHAM

COMPOSITES ENGINEERING SHOW

9-10 NOVEMBER 2011

NEC CANOE


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Kayaking and canoeing is a fantastic way of exploring and harmonising with the environment.


Traditionally such craft were covered with animal skins and latterly with tarred canvas and most recently petrochemical based technical fabrics.


Exciting new developments in natural fibres and resins have enabled the use of unique natural hull covering which increases the strength of the hull with minimum increase in weight.


New technologies in spinning and weaving have developed a flax fabric (linen) membrane to cover the frames. This fabric is then coated with a recently developed sustainable flax/linseed epoxidised resin which is cured with UV sunlight.


The frames (ribs) are cut from marine ply and the pre-cut stringers from sustainably sourced soft woods. Computer cut parts fit together without the need for any further cutting or the need of building jigs - a saving of both timber and expense.


The pre-marked stringers will slot into the frames then glued and pinned or alternatively tied with twine (the same method as used in Inuit boat building).

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Pre production open canoe based on Iain Oughtred’s “Stickleback

 3,250mm length, beam 700mm , depth 260mm.

 

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email: simon@flaxland.co.uk  (07815  967951)
www.flaxland.co.uk

Care and use of fabric covered craft.
Those who have become used to owning or paddling fibreglass and plastic type canoes will have to adapt to methods of use suitable for boats covered with natural materials.
One of the major advantages is the lightness of the craft which can easily be carried and placed to float in the water, do not scratch the bottom of the hull on rough ground and when getting out on a beach get out of the boat when afloat as opposed to letting it ground on pebbles or rocks.

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Carry the canoe into water, rest the paddle towards the bow, hold the far gunwale at a point where the back rest meets it, place foot on front end of seat swing yourself in grabbing hold of back rest and lower into canoe

 

Always carry the boat do not drag it along the ground.
Fabric covered boats are not intended to shoot rapids and hit against rocks, care should be taken around rough jetties or timbers.

Coracle, currachs and skin boats when not in should be stored ashore hull side up, ideally under cover - this way they will dry and last for many years.


Responsible use of fabric covered boats.


The Coracle Society has issued general guidance relating to fabric-covered boats a copy of which can be supplied to potential buyers.
One should always be prepared and used to capsizing this type of craft.

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The seat adds buoyancy to the boat but is important that you always wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket, in cold weather or waters the wearing of a dry suit is important to avoid the shock of falling into cold water.


“harmonizing with nature”

Flax Fibre Clad Boats

Grow your own boat!  

 

Irish curach - a traditional craft from the west coast of Ireland used for fishing, kelp gathering and inter island transport.

 

  curach The pictured curach we built in 2007 from ash frame and larch, the cover is woven flax canvas waterproofed with tar-based paints. simon

 

Curach covered with a light Irish woven flax fabric, waterproofed with linseed oil based resin cured by sunlight. bealecurach

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Our new canoe on it's first outing.

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Above - Drying the net

Nets were made from flax and hemp.

 

Traditional and contemporary coracles using flax fabrics

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SAMPLES PAYMENT
 

 

 

updated May 2015- flaxland

Copyright: S & A Cooper.