We are looking at a composite construction catamaran
. She is constructed of 1/4 ply covered by West Systems epoxy
and glass. Only one or two layers at most. We live in Philadelphia and are concerned about ice. The Delaware is fresh in Philly and we can get significant ice here, not every year but it happens. I am concerned that if we left her in over the winter the ice would be a problem.
First I would appreciate reflections on that statement. Am I being overly cautious?
If not then is it possible to reinforce the hull
sufficiently without adding excessive weight? I thought of kevlar but it seems that does nothing in compression
. Are there other materials or methods that may work?