Blog News and Techie Tuesday: New Hull Material

If you’re a frequent visitor to our website/blog, you may notice a change. We’re now engaging with you [at least] five days a week. You can expect the material to cover these five topics:

Monday — Faces of Folbot. We’ll bring you stories and pictures from customers, new and old. (Give us a shout if you’d like to be featured!)

Tuesday — Techie Tuesday. We’ll give you in-depth info on anything from hull material (scroll down!) to assembly tips.

Wednesday — Gear We Love. We love being out in our kayaks as much as you! We’ll share some of our favorite products that we use on the water.

Thursday — Throwback Thursday. You know you love people’s Facebook pics of their 3rd grade hair-do tagged “#tbt” or “Throwback Thursday.” Same deal here; we’ve got tons of classic Folbot footage to share! (Fingers crossed we find one with a mullet.)

Friday — Folbot Fotos. We love sharing pictures of Folbot owners enjoying their kayaks. Here’s our chance to share them with the world! Send us yours and we’ll share it too!

Without further ado…here’s our Techie Tuesday post. All about our hull material that we introduced last year.

We have received numerous inquiries about our hull material. We appreciate the interest and have compiled answers to the main questions below. Please let us know if you have additional questions on the hull or anything else.

  • What is it? The fabric has been used previously in the industry, mainly for inflatable boats.  The principal component is Elvaloy – a polymer that provides both toughness and flexibility.
  • What are the characteristics? It it designed to have superior abrasion, tear, puncture and UV resistance to past fabrics. It does not break down over time and is resistant to changes due to prolonged exposure to heat, UV and salt water. Your boat’s hull will continue to maintain its shape, flexibility, air tightness and color – and better protect you from sharp surfaces.
  • How much does it weigh? Essentially the same as our current hull material, given manufacturer’s tolerances (38.3 oz/sq yd or 1300 gr/m2).
  • How does it perform vs. previous fabrics?In a Taber Abrasion H18 Test the new material performed 83% better than the old fabric (on the face, 196% better for the back side).
    • New Material (Face/Back) – 1917/2000 cycles to failure
    • Old Material (Face/Back) – 1050/675 cycles to failure
  • Why the change? This is the fabric we wanted on our personal Folbots for the waters around Charleston, SC to deal with razor sharp oysters. If we wanted it, we also wanted to offer it to all customers.
  • Can I still get the black, hypalon hull? No, the last of this material was consumed.  We only have small scraps and patch pieces still.
  • How does it impact the cost of the boat? The new hull material does not change the price of the boat.
  • What color is it?  How do I clean it? The material is light gray in color which looks great and adds to visibility on the water. Light scrubbing with water cleans it well. Cleaners for inflatable boats are available but tough dirt can be cleaned with Soft Scrub.
  • Can I pack it up wet? It is best to dry your Folbot before storing it to keep it clean and to prevent mold and mildew.  However, this hull material does not shrink if it has been packed away wet.

In general, we are very excited about the hull material and hope you are too. Please let us know about any questions.

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