Submitted: 03-22-2004 by Eric Nyre
There is some confusion when people compare Royalex and Kevlar (or Tuffweave) Rendezvous. While the boats may look similar, their performance is different.
The Kevlar Rendezvous is actually fairly fast. It requires one to switch sides frequently, but with good paddling technique it scoots along quite well. My GPS topped it out at 6.2 mph, with a cruising speed of 5mph. The Royalex Rendezvous is not nearly as nice. The blunt entry pushes water, and the fixed seat makes adjusting trim difficult. The Royalex Rendezvous is better suited to moving water, while the composite is more versatile.
We-no-nah removed the Kevlar construction from their catalog. It is still available, with the same prices/ options as a comparable Prism.
If you have a Royalex Rendezvous bought before 2004, you may have noticed some problems with the boat. We have built a site at www.canoecolorado.com/canoeing/wenonah/rendezvous/modification.htm that gives guidelines on how to fix those problems with some simple modifications.