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Thread: How kayaks are made - pictorial tour of Native factory

  1. #21
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    great post!

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    John, great job on the post. Must come from writing books.
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    I was surprised to see this 2014 post show up again. The rotomolding manufacturing process is quite interesting. Native's sister company Hurricane makes thermoformed kayaks, including two Propel versions -- one is sold as a Hurricane model, the other as a Native model. I have not witnessed the thermoforming process in person, but it involves placing a relatively thin sheet of ABS plastic onto a mold and then heating it. The sheet takes the shape of the mold. Last week I visited a large Native dealer in the Tampa area and saw one of the new thermoformed Slayer Propel 12 LT kayaks -- it looked sharp and was quite light. http://nativewatercraft.com/product/...-propel-12-lt/
    John Veil
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    I'm so glad someone found this post, very interesting to see the whole process. I never realized these were made in my hometown state of NC either. Looks like a pretty cool place to work.
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