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Submitted: 08-02-2004 by Steve

I actually have the Nova 16, but I wanted to add my thoughts. Several of you have commented on the R-84 vs. royalex. I have a Nova 16, purchased in 98. It is a pretty good canoe, as is evidenced by the favorable reviews. I left mine in the side yard and didn't 303 it as much as I should have. The bow and stern sections are beginning to fade some. I've also noticed that it's fairly easy for a sharp rock or gravel to cut through the R-84 skin, exposing the foam. I think if weight is an issue, it's a good canoe. If you're paddling sandy rivers and lakes, no problem on the scratching. I fill in the larger scratches with J & B Weld. I paint the smaller scratches with enamel paint I bought at Wal Mart in the automotive section. I loved the bright red finish. I'm a bit disappointed I let it set in the yard so long. You live and learn... Steve
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