Selecting the proper boat is one of the most important decisions you will make concerning your boating equipment. A good decision will make your boating successful and enjoyable. Phoenix presents this information guide as a straightforward discussion of the criteria you should consider before selecting your boat.
Strength and Weight: The Functional Necessities
The engineering problem facing a small boat manufacturer is extremely complex. The challenge is to make a craft which will be strong enough to perform in the most rugged of conditions, yet light enough to respond to subtle movements of paddle, body or oar.
The boat must also have a blend of rigidity and flexibility. The manufacturer must select materials and reinforcement techniques to yield a hull which is rigid enough to maintain its design integrity in rough water. Achieving this functional rigidity is complicated by the fact that the boat in order to be both strong and light, must flex on impact with any unyielding object such as a rock, tree stump, or log. This flex on impact (or bend and then return to its original shape) characteristics must not compromise the weight or the hull's functional rigidity.
Materials and Construction
Phoenix, after extensive testing, selected a specially woven, aircraft quality fiberglass cloth. This cloth is made of tightly woven continuous fiberglass filaments. Phoenix chose this cloth to maximize the benefits of the high tensile strength of fiberglass and the high strength to weight ratio of a flat, closely woven cloth. Furthermore, when saturated with resin, the closeness of the weave of the Phoenix cloth maximizes the reinforcement of the final laminate. This high reinforcement ratio and low resin content significantly reduces weight while adding strength.
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