Kisseynew canoes are built using the latest in aerospace processes and materials. How do we build a boat that is both light and strong?
The materials are laid down dry into the mold allowing us to strategically place the materials where is will they will supply maximum benefit and not where they will only add more weight. Each Kisseynew hull has over 20 individual pieces of material and are pre-cut prior to mold placement
Infusion allows for maximum compaction, void free laminate with consistent, repeatable resin to cloth ratio, resulting in the best strength to weight ratio possible.
We use epoxy resin in our carbon/kevlar laminates. In order to get the maximum benefit from aerospace materials you need to use a resin system that matches the properties of the materials. Epoxy is complex to infuse and costs a lot more then the other resins but the final results are worth it.
No Gel Coat
Traditional gel coat adds approximately 10 lbs to the final weight of a canoe without adding any structural benefit. We replace the gelcoat with layers of abrasive resistant S-glass and coat the exterior with a polyurethane finish, providing a stronger, tougher, easy to repair finish. If you do scratch the bottom up on your canoe the original finish is easily restored by re-coating it with a couple coats of paint.
Minimize Core Materials
The core thickness should be engineered to match the laminate. Thick cores traditionally found in recreational canoes, make for a stiff brittle boat, which is good for racing craft but not what you want for recreational canoes. Our laminates seek to minimize core thickness or eliminate them all together. The result is a hull that is stiff enough for recreational use but still has resilience to flex when required.