Build Your Own Pack Raft from a Kit – CLASS FULL
Instructor: Bruce Campbell
Build your own lightweight pack raft that you order from a DIY Pack Raft Kit!
Pack rafting has become very popular. Light, easy to use, they allow one to get out on rivers and lakes not normally accessed. The expense of a pack raft is largely the cost of labor to hand assemble the craft. Fortunately, if you can use an iron, you can order a kit and assemble your own from material just like the best pack raft (and save up to 80% of the cost).
Pack rafts are made out of modern lightweight polyurethane-coated nylon fabric. The coating on one side is heat activated, meaning a household iron can melt the coating and bond two pieces of fabric together. A household iron is too big for the narrow seams in a packraft, so to build your raft you must also order a Clover Heat Sealing iron through Amazon for about $25. Add to this a kit for $129 to $195, plus a zipper for $55, seam sealant, and other accessories you might choose, add a number of hours assembling it yourself, and you have an affordable pack raft.
This one day workshop will get you off and started in your build of the packraft. We will practice on scrap fabric so you become familiar with the heat and pressure needed with your iron. You will identify and get rid of bubbles. Instructor will demonstrate the simple flat seam, and the more complicated curved seams forming the raft tubes. You will lay out your raft parts, and start assembling. The goal is to complete enough of the raft that you are comfortable taking it home and finishing it on your own.
Materials needed: Participants order their own raft kit from: http://www.diypackraft.com/, plus seam sealer (aquaseal) and any other parts you need. You will also need to order your own Clover mini Iron adapter through Amazon.com.
Recommendations: Standard weight raft is better for rivers and general use. Add a double floor and a zipper. Order seam sealer, aquaseal, and any other parts you need. A seat is a great first practice task.
Please order your raft and iron well before the class! (By March 12th at the very latest.)
Please also review the DIY website videos illustrating how to build the raft.
Participants should bring to the workshop:
- your raft kit,
- your Clover seam sealing iron,
- small mixing bowl,
- parchment paper,
- roll of tape,
- flashlight, and,
- a home iron if you ordered a double floor.
Instructor will provide wooden ironing surfaces, extra scrap fabric and a partially finished raft to watch and learn from.
Click here for a pdf version of DIYpackraft’s instructions and photos. It would be helpful to review these instructions before the workshop and you may also want to print them out and bring them along.
(Note: Spray skirts and thigh braces are too complex for this introductory workshop. Discuss them with Fairbanks Paddlers, including John Schauer or Luc Mel, at the Hamme Pool paddling sessions.)
Date of the class: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time of the class: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maximum number of students: 8
Minimum number of students: 4
Age range: 16 and up (12 to 15 with parent or permission of instructor)
Location: The Folk School
Cost: $66 (members); $99 (non-members)
Materials cost: Participants must order their own raft kit from: www.diypackraft.com (along with seam sealer – aquaseal – and any other parts you need), as well as a Clover seam sealing iron from Amazon.com.
Pre-Registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by March 12th (to ensure you can order and receive your pack raft kit before the class begins). Registration will be closed after this time.
To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration Form below and click on the “Submit” button. This will take you to the Payment page, where you can complete your registration through PayPal (or you may send a check by mail).
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