Submitted: 03-23-2009 by Paul
I believe the paddler who got the gash in the hull may have had the misfortune of finding a defect. My 4Fun has been pounded against more rocks than I care to recall with no damage other than surface scratches.
Generally speaking the lighter plastic of these boats do not represent a weakness. The cross-linked plastic that Jackson uses is more expensive material, requires longer cook times at higher temps, and is harder to work with for safety reasons, but the result is a lighter plastic that is stronger than the linear plastic used by most manufacturers. It is, however, more difficult to repair if it does get damaged.