LAYUP / HULL OPTIONS:
Nighthawk Lightweight Kevlar (stock), 3-layer: This is Nighthawk Canoes’ signature hull type. It combines 3 full layers of kevlar with our extra strong epoxy resin, and reinforced skids, for the ultimate in lightweight, toughness, abrasion resistance, and puncture resistance. Superior toughness for about the same weight as competitors’ lightest weight canoes. This is more than 50% stronger than almost every other canoe in the same weight category.
Nighthawk Ultralight Foam-Core, 2- layer: This build option takes advantage of our lightweight hand-finishing techniques for the ultimate lightweight canoe. The Ultralight layup uses a foam-core reinforcement system, with side ribs, and may also include optional seats to keep weight to a minimum. Ultralight Foam-Core is 2-4 pounds lighter than our other light weight hulls. LINK TO MORE INFO
Utility, 4 layer: GREAT FOR RIVERS! This layup provides superior toughness for those of us who can be hard on canoes, need an extra safety margin in the backwoods, or often use the canoe in gravelly or shallow rivers. The final layer of the canoe is made from S-glass, a material with uniquely tough abrasion resistance, and an extra layer of kevlar is added to the floor of the canoe. +3-4 lbs.
Carbon Fiber: Tough, Lightweight, and stunningly beautiful, with no penalty to overall weight or toughness. 2 layers of standard kevlar, plus final layer of carbon fiber (3 layers total) Click for more info
Epoxy Color canoes use a modified version of the standard Lightweight kevlar hull, with 2 layers of kevlar, and a finish layer produced by the combination of colored resin, and clear fiberglass. This option is slightly heavier (+3 lbs), but also features bright color, improved UV resistance, and slightly improved durability. It is considerably lighter than gel-coat colored composite canoes. click for more info
Custom Layup: There are many possible variations of material layering for your canoe hull. Just ask if you are looking for something not already listed here. click for more info Here are some favorite combinations I like:
-Modified stock: 2 layers of kevlar, + final layer in S-Glass
-Alternate utility: 4 layers of kevlar
-Reinforced Floor: An extra layer of kevlar to any of the above options, but only through the floor of the canoe (not all the way up the sides)
Note: Most other manufacturers do not use S-glass as a construction material, and few paddlers have even heard of it. S-glass is an extra strong (and more expensive) version of fiberglass. It is nearly clear when applied to the canoe. I can substitute or add S-glass as a final layer in any of the natural-kevlar finish canoes. Compared to kevlar, it is a harder, more abrasion resistant surface, but somewhat lower puncture resistance and more brittle. A canoe entirely made of S-glass would be more brittle (or much heavier) than a kevlar canoe. But, a kevlar canoe combined with a final layer in S-glass has the puncture resistance of the kevlar and the abrasion resistance of the S-glass combined…. making it more resistant to scratches (the most common type of stress to the canoe hull), and easier to repair or resurface. If you are are going to use your canoe as a river canoe, particularly in faster, shallow or rocky rivers, then one of the Nighthawk Canoes with a ribbed floor and an S-Glass finish will give you a lightweight canoe with unbelievable durability, and will hold it’s finish quality better over time.