Hello from the kingdom of derelict canoe whisperings in Lovely Lapeer. I built a form from lines taken off a Penn Yan Guide 18'er sometime around 2000. And I made one canoe. Ferdy and I used it in Quetico a few times. I still had a derelict PY Guide 18' canoe with not much potential until one day, again, years ago, Denis Kallery called me up and asked if I could come up with a short cross section of a canoe that he could use at shows. We figured that a section out of the middle of the Penn Yan would fit the bill and so that's what we did. I then stood up the two ends in a corner of the barn. Then one March at the Quiet water symposium in East Lansing Gil Cramer had a display canoe he made by shortening his own derelict canoe and at some point I got to wondering what if? So I put the two ends of the old derelict together to make a solo canoe of 14 1/2' x about 32" and it worked quite well. Time marched on and I didn't have any more canoes for other people to restore so I got to thinking about the 18' form and decided to shorten it. I took 42" out of the middle and about an inch and a half from the stem forms. I am at the point of fairing the planking prior to taking it off the form. Having said all that, here's the question: Has anyone ever tried ballistic nylon instead of canvas or dacron? I have a roll of 1650 d and I'm wondering if it's worth multiplying the experiment with the nylon. The goal is durability, rot resistance and Light weight.