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.
MRC also made a 17' Royalex Explorer back in the 1990s but that boat had a thwart between the center yoke and stern seat.
The 16' Royalex Explorer with synthetic gunwales had a catalog weight of 70 lbs. It is a pretty good all around tandem canoe design, if that is what you are looking for. Not real fast, but not dreadfully slow, will carry a big load for its length, quite stable, and with enough maneuverability for river use.
It has also been a fairly popular boat for poling, if you are into that type of thing. Some bigger folks have even used it as a solo tripper.