Placid Boatwork’s goal is to develop rugged but lightweight laminates that are stiff. Flexible laminates that “oil-can”, or flex under load, slow the hull in the water and increase the possibility of breakage when rocks or beaver dams are inadvertently impacted. A good laminate will be of light to moderate weight, yet offer good abrasion resistance and be easily repairable.
Our epoxy vinyl ester resin is chosen to match modulus of elasticity to our carbon and aramid fabrics, maximizing material performance for high strength to weight ratios. The laminate is a symbiotic hybrid, combining the stiffness and abrasion resistance of carbon with the tensile strength of aramid. Behind the carbon blanket, we insert carbon partials, then aramid partials, to reinforce stems, bottom, quarters and seat stations.
Each solo pack laminate includes 15 carbon and 16 aramid pieces; kneeling and tandem laminates include more. Placid pack canoe bottoms are stiff – they do not flex, or “oil can,” under power. You can step anywhere in the hull without worry. Light, stiff, flexible, and incredibly strong, Placid Boatworks laminates are the finest available.