Yes, That's correct there is actually a cheep effective way to build a durable kayak with saran wrap..
This guy from Russia is a boss in the wilderness, He also constructs a dome structue with branches/saran wrap it's amazing yet quiet simple and durable. Check out his channel he has many useful knowledge In the field of modren bushcrafting. Guys let me see what awesome, cheep building/engineering bushcraft projects that inspire you and keep you going..
You can probably bend hardwoods by using heat treating with fire- my dad made bows as a kid this way, heating and bending them to shape. The Russian guy uses shrink wrap if I recall (watched all his videos), which is more of an industrial grade of Saran Wrap (which is the kitchen/food grade version and much thinner). Think pallets of goods being wrapped for the correct type. I'd only wonder if the wrap material is UV resistant for those who would want to use the kayak for more than just a few hours.
I'm not quite a lumberjack, but that's OK, I sleep all night and I dream all day; I'll coppice trees, I'll grow my food, and compost poo and pee! With a well and off-grid solar, it's a permies life for me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshU58nI0Ts
A few days ago I posted about this guy's shelter which is built with the same wrap. I also really enjoyed everything else on his English language channel... like his large log cabin and hand made axe
I also questioned the UV longevity of the plastic wrap structures but for bang for the buck you can't get a better Kayak! And many plastic items (like tents) deteriorate faster due to not being tight enough (wind flapping combined with UV is the killer.). You can carry a roll of that stuff up to a mountain lake, carve out your wood, build a shelter, stay the night, build and wrap the 'Yak in the morning, and be fishing before lunch. Note: He later covered his kayak with fiberglass for increased durability but it significantly increased his weight. As long as you covered the kayak to store it between uses, UV damage would be negligible. He had a shelter up several years with snow and sun in Northern Russia and it was holding up.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."-Margaret Mead "The only thing worse than being blind, is having sight but no vision."-Helen Keller
Danger, 10,000 volts, very electric .... tiny ad:
Devious Experiments for a Truly Passive Greenhouse!