My fascination with the weight of the kayak I’m building is growing with my surprise at just how light in weight the hull is. I thought I’d do a quick check on a couple of samples of Paulownia and Cedar.
For the wood I’ve bought it works out that Cedar is about 0.40g/cm3 (about 17 lbs/ft3), and the Paulownia is about 0.27g/cm3 (about 25lbs/ft3). So the Paulownia is 2/3rds the density of the Cedar!
Now that has me thinking – I’m mostly building the deck in Cedar – the extra wood weight plus the coming/deck deckplates etc – hmmm, will it be tippy without me in it? I reckon from looking at it that the deck is about 2/3rds the size of the hull so it might will be balanced at about the same weight top half and bottom half!