Rhino Hide bed liner material.
Here is my idea... and a little history with this material..
Last year I had a fellow spray the Keels on 13 of my rental canoes with Bed liner material... this stuff is a two part product that is mixed at the gun nozzle. It is heated to about 185 degrees or so ....as it is being sprayed on. It adheres to almost anything except Lard, or axle grease,,lol
It is tough,, and I mean tough.. it wears better than Kevlar keel shields that I have used. It does not add much weight at all to the canoe, ( less than a half a pound) looks good and after one season of rental abuse, is still in great shape....
The fellow that sprayed the stuff for me has a business that sprays Not only bed liners, but with the same spray equipment sprays dense urethene foam for insulation. Most of his work is industrial. ( oil and natural gas to liquid applications)
We talked about using a canoe mold that I have access to that was used to make Fiberglass canoes... We are going to put a release in the mold and spray one layer of Bed liner material. then spray a layer of urethene insulation. ( the ultra dense stuff ) then spray anouther thin layer of bed liner on top of the foam. this way making a sandwich. For the first canoe, we think we will Not try to make any area any thicker or thinner with either the bed liner material or the Foam.. this way..when it comes out of the mold, we can then see if it will work at all .. and if it is rigid enough, or needs to be built up in certain areas to maintain its shape in normal canoe applications.. then we can decide if the idea has merit or to make a planter out of the canoe, and move on to some other crazy Idea..
What is your idea??
anything goes,, including going back in time with materials such as Birchbark, or what ever..