THE FLEXIBLE RIB SYSTEM
The stiffening system we use for the ribs will stand up to several years of outfitters abuse. This hardy system incorporates the use of four layers of cloth covering a corematt base. This flexible rib system combined with our tough flexible epoxy resin results in a very resilient hull. In our test, we flexed these ribs up to 300 times with no sign of damage.
Since 1999, all Hellman canoes are fitted with our new Laminated Rib-core. These ribs are laminated between the layers in the hull providing a Stiffer, stronger and lighter layup.
THE TOUGH FLEXIBLE ECOPOXY RESIN SYSTEM
Since July of 2010, Hellman canoes are built using Ecopoxy resin. This technologically advanced resin in not only stronger than petroleum based epoxy resins but it is ecologically friendly. Ecopoxy resin is made from natural plant based oils including peanut oil, canola oil and soya oil. It has a better tensile strength, better resilience and better resistance to heat distortion.
Besides being tougher, it is none toxic; there are no harmful solvents being put out into the atmosphere during building. We have also developed a new Ecopoxy Gel-Coat, using the same resin. This new gel-coat is both flexible and hard. Ecopoxy gel-coat is extremely abrasion resistant and can be bent into a one inch radius. Ecopoxy gel-coat compliments our canoes because if the hull flexes the gel-coat won’t break. We at Hellman Canoes are building the toughest, lightest and most environmentally friendly canoe in the world.