I am ready to sheath my C16 with 6 ozs glass cloth. However, since I do not live in the US, Europe or Australia it is very difficult to source good quality, soft, cloth. What we have here is something akin (in stiffness) to a sheet of cardboard !
Has anyone out there completed a C16 (or any other wooden kayak) without glassing the hull ?
I have a stitch and glue dory (12 foot) which was never glassed, merely epoxy saturated then reinforced with 3 inch glass tape along the seams. It has held up perfectly. But, it was built with 6mm, not 4mm ply.
My boat will not be subjected to heavy duty work, and will be used on an estuary for most of its life.
Your comments would be appreciated.