Although I've routinely posted some "trendsetting" ideas for canoeing techniques, equipment design and gear, I havent been on the forum lately. Now that summer is almost over, I too (when funds are avail) plan to construct a spay skirt. One person who would be capbable in helping you purchase proper materials, and give sound advice is Brian Richardson of alaska raft connection. I've done things to canoes that no others have thought of (yet). Brian had brain-stromed with me regarding a few of my designs, and provided me what I needed (and Tracey also provided advice and materials) to get the custom job done. I've created lifts, lining devices, portaging yokes, and many, many other canoe-related designs are still on the drawing board. Maybe it's because I'm half Mi'kmaq (the ones who created the canoe), and have a fondness for canoe related things that run through my blood......who knows. One thing I do know.....this "Cliff Jacobson" ---------------- He's only done one river in Alaska.......and a slow meandering one at that. Although some of his thoughts in his book, are sound, what works for him.....would be rediculous in our state. In his book "Expedition Canoeing", he has a ----------for a spray skirt, not to metnion his choice in tents among other things. I have a better Idea for a spray skirt. The use of vinal raft material and d-rings that can almost match the color of your canoe. vinal can be bonded together with a heat gun, and with genuises like Tracy (AK raft n Kayak), and Brian Richardson, they are HERE in this state and have the knowledge of the proper glues and techniques when working with all raft materials. Rolls of vinal raft material are avail through NRS and every color you could imagine, but probably even cheaper alternatives could be found through Brian Richadson. Vinal raft material is a cheap and practical material to use in the construction of a spray skirt, not to mention.....it can literally match the color of your canoe. Although I do have my own design, spray skirts must fit what it is that you do with a canoe. My design is adjustable for being loaded with bulky gear and moose meat. My design is such.....that it won't be torn away if capsized.......like the "Cliff Jacobson" Although much of his advice is legit....... I'd like to meet this dude face to face and tell him ----------"boundary waters", because he has led many canoeing enthusiasts astray.......towards his lower 48 minded techniques. If any of you who are inquiring about spray skirts needs some help planning and preparing a design, shoot me a pm. I would gladly sit down over a good growler of beer and help in the design of anything canoe-related.
"If I sound blunt, I've earned it."