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Posted by LeeG on May 10, 2006
If that deck beam was a necessary structural element and not primarily a deck forming device that is left in the hull then a couple layers of carbon would still not provide the same structural element unless it was also a beam. In other words a layer of carbon that covered the sides of another strip of 4mm to provide a beam effect. If the deck beam is really not necessary, as evidenced by the A.Hawk construction, then "replacing" it is unnecessary. My sense is that the front of the coaming needs something to spread the stress of vertical impacts on the front of the coaming but I wonder if a 3"x 6" patch of 6oz cloth would sufficient. One of the differences between an air craft and a kayak is that the kayak gets impacts and stresses that are seperate from maintaining bouyancy and hull shape.
In Response to: Re: In support of no supp by Chuck Rhodes on May 10, 2006