identify Fglass or Royalex on pictures
Posted by: camhamel on Oct-14-12 10:39 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
I want to by a used canoe. The problem is that the owner is not sure if it is made of Royalex or Fiberglass or Kevlar. I already checked the manufacturer's catalog for characteristics and found out it could be made any of these.
Since it is a few hour drive from where I live, I can't go and check it myself easily. He sent me pictures. Can we tell from these pictures?? Sorry the link doesn't work, you will have to copy and paste everything that is between the quotation marks : "http://www.flickr.com/photos/88643346@N07/"
Thank you very much for your help
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Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Oct-14-12 10:48 PM (EST)
How can you tell?|
Posted by: camhamel on Oct-14-12 11:53 PM (EST)
How can you tell?
I agree that it's Royalex.|
Posted by: tktoo on Oct-15-12 12:51 AM (EST)
Looks like vinyl|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Oct-14-12 11:54 PM (EST)
A true Royalex® hull is vinyl with
Mad River? Old Courier or an Explorer? |
Posted by: g2d on Oct-15-12 1:38 AM (EST)
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Oct-15-12 8:17 AM (EST)
The scratches, dents, and gouges are typical royalex, in appearance. Composites with gel-coat would show white scratches. Without gel-coat, they would show as pale scuffs. If it were a poly hull, the gouges would likely not be as deep.
Posted by: tktoo on Oct-15-12 8:49 AM (EST)
The boat has the MRC logo on it.
Probably an Explorer|
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-15-12 9:16 AM (EST)
Mad River Explorer|
Posted by: camhamel on Oct-15-12 9:46 AM (EST)
16' Royalex Explorer|
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-15-12 10:25 AM (EST)
There is no doubt from the photos that the boat is Royalex but if more proof were needed, at least back in the 1990s all of MRCs composite boats came with wood gunwales.