Thermoforming strength demonstration, glad it isn't my boat.

Sunday, 30 December 2007
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Delta Kayaks LogoAfter taking some time off for Christmas, I decided to check my email and found a video sent to me that was made by Mark Hall, owner of Delta Kayaks who specialize in the design and manufacturing of thermoformed kayaks.

For those who have never heard of thermoforming, it is a relatively new process (to the kayaking world) where a plastic sheet or is heated and then stretched over or into a temperature-controlled, single-surface mold. The result of a very light-weight and super strong product.

After seeing them in the showroom and checking out the price, it is no surprise why the thermoforming process is taking the kayaking manufacturing world by storm. At the end of the day you get a fantastic looking kayak that is lighter than traditional roto-molded plastic boats, stronger than fiberglass but look as perform almost as good as fiberglass on the water. The best part is that the price is considerable cheaper as well.

In the video below Mark clearly demonstrates the strength of his thermoformed hulls. This was shot earlier at the beginning of December 2007.



For those who are interested in learning more about thermoforming, here is a quick video on the youtube. It is a quick demonstration of the vacuum thermoforming process. I haven't found anything of a kayak or canoe but the process is similar. You can also find lots of information on the old Wikipedia.

You can view the youtube footage after selection "Read More".


Delta Kayaks LogoAfter taking some time off for Christmas, I decided to check my email and found a video sent to me that was made by Mark Hall, owner of Delta Kayaks who specialize in the design and manufacturing of thermoformed kayaks.

For those who have never heard of thermoforming, it is a relatively new process (to the kayaking world) where a plastic sheet or is heated and then stretched over or into a temperature-controlled, single-surface mold. The result of a very light-weight and super strong product.

After seeing them in the showroom and checking out the price, it is no surprise why the thermoforming process is taking the kayaking manufacturing world by storm. At the end of the day you get a fantastic looking kayak that is lighter than traditional roto-molded plastic boats, stronger than fiberglass but look as perform almost as good as fiberglass on the water. The best part is that the price is considerable cheaper as well.

In the video below Mark clearly demonstrates the strength of his thermoformed hulls. This was shot earlier at the beginning of December 2007.

Sorry Microsoft Explorer users. There is a bug in the software I'm trying to sort out. To view the video below, you will need to right click over the video with your mouse and click "Play". Firefox users won't have this problem.



For those who are interested in learning more about thermoforming, here is a quick video on the youtube. It is a quick demonstration of the vacuum thermoforming process. I haven't found anything of a kayak or canoe but the process is similar. You can also find lots of information on the old Wikipedia.




David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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