Aluminum rod vs tube

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Aluminum rod vs tube

Post by Trogdor »

Good morning all,

I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on whether aluminum rod will work in place of aluminum tube? Rod is much cheaper than tube in my area. I was looking at using 3/8" rod, which is fairly close in weight to the tubing. This will be for use on Lake Ontario and smaller lakes, so will not see much in the way of rough water.

Also, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for adapting the yostwerks aluminum folder into a closed/individual cockpit tandem kayak (as opposed to the open pit style of the patagonia).

Apologies if these have been answered before. I did take a look via search, but did not see anything, and I am brand new to building a kayak.

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Post by mje »

Solid rod has a terrible stiffness to weight ratio when compared to tubing. I wouldn't go that route.
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Re: Aluminum rod vs tube

Post by gmchris »

I built a falco style kayak that has just one tube the length of the keel. I used 13mm fiberglass tent pole (500mm lengths) works great, pretty stiff but flexy enough

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