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Submitted: 02-28-2008 by GN
I've owned a Ally canoe several years; I've put it together over 100 times and have canoed in all conditions in saltwater for many miles. The Ally is not fit for these conditions -- #1 problem with Ally canoes in saltwater is all those cable sets that hold the pole sections together are made out of low grade 304 grade stainless steel [you can pick up the steel that Ally used with a cheap refrigerator magnet] versus marine grade 316L stainless steel --- they rust and break within 1 season of use and are difficult to replace properly for the price paid Bergans should have used marine grade steel like all other boat builders do. Other than the steel, the tubes fatigue quickly; after 2 seasons they will look distorted; the fabric will wear through from assembly after 3 seasons.
Bottom line is that an Ally canoe will last no longer than 4 seasons of serious use versus a traditional canoe for the same money that will last a lifetime. Ally would be great for packing in on a wilderness trip; they are very stable but should not be considered if you are space constrained and expect to canoe a lot -- find storage.
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