Light, Strong, Beautiful Custom-Built Kevlar Canoes

Color Options

Canoe Color and Materials Options

Options overview:

  • Choose a Kevlar finish for the best strength and weight.  Natural yellow.
  • Choose a Carbon Fiber or hybrid carbon fiber for the best appearance.  All Black, or Blended Black
  • Choose Colored Kevlar for a unique rich appearance.  Red or Blue
  • Choose Epoxy Color for bright, solid colors.  Various Colors.  

Natural Kevlar details:

ColorYellow  

Appearance  Yellow, and slightly translucent in bright light.  May become darker in color over time.  

Notes:  Lightweight and strong.  There is no side seam.  This is the color of most lightweight canoes.  

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Carbon Fiber details:

Color: Black

Appearance: Beautiful– sure to be the envy of other paddlers.  All black and glints in the light. Can almost appear to be wet or moving when the angle of the light changes.

Notes: Carbon fiber finish layer over the Kevlar canoe hull.  The carbon fiber I use shows a beautiful diagonal weave pattern.  This enhances the reflective quality of the carbon fiber–very attractive.  There is no side seam.  Same weight and strength as all-kevlar canoe.

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Hybrid Carbon Fiber with Color details:

Colors: Yellow, Red, Orange, Blue, Green

Appearance: Beautiful and unique.  The fabric is woven with black carbon fiber in one direction, and colored Kevlar in the other.  The appearance is of alternating diagonal lines of color and black.  Think of these as carbon fiber with a subtle hint of color… very beautiful and classy.   

Notes:  Because carbon fiber is so dark, the blue and especially the green fabrics have very subtle color, and show up best under bright sunlight.  There is a side seam (fabric overlap on sides of canoe). 

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Colored Kevlar:

Colors: Red and Blue

Appearance: Deep, Rich color, with a classy diagonal textured appearance.

Notes: These colors are somewhat dark and show their best in bright sunlight.  This is the lightest-weight option for colors and the finish is beautiful and unique.  There is a side seam (fabric overlap on sides of canoe) 

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Colors: White, Black, Keel Blue, Indigo Blue, Teal, Golden Yellow, Bright Yellow, Green, Brown, Grey, Red, Off-White, Custom.

Appearance: Beautiful, bright, solid color.  For this option, I add a pigment to the epoxy resin, to give color throughout the hull.

Notes:  As the name implies, the color is in the epoxy resin, rather than in the reinforcement material.  The colors are uniform and bright.  This option adds only 2-3 pounds to the canoe, making it far lighter than gel coat.  Epoxy Color provides the best UV protection of any Nighthawk finish and increases overall strength slightly.  You may think of this as a fiberglass-reinforced, epoxy-based gel coat.  It can not blister or chip off, and can only wear through if the fiberglass is also worn away.  Tough, lightweight and attractive.  Easy to repair.

Epoxy color looks like gelcoat, but it is applied differently and is lighter weight.  Because the process is different, be aware of the following attributes of this option.

1) The color is visible on the inside of the canoe, along with the inner kelvar-colored reinforcements.

2) The colored finish is nearly, but not entirely opaque.

Looks great with either silver or black trim, so this upgrade is more economical than carbon fiber as well.

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