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  Lots of drawbacks...
  Posted by: Al_A on Oct-22-12 10:36 PM (EST)
 

to aluminum canoes on Ozark streams. For one thing, it can't be stressed enough that aluminum grabs rocks, and even gravel and logs. You won't slide over anything you'll find on an Ozark stream very well in an aluminum canoe. And unless you confine yourself to the Niangua below Bennett Spring and the lower Gasconade, you WILL be scraping over shallow riffles a lot. Of course, aluminum is also extremely durable...you can scrape over a lot of miles of shallow riffles without a lot of damage, while doing the same with any kind of plastic boat will have you putting on skid plates pretty quickly. But on the other other hand, all that scraping bottom is NOISY in aluminum.

One other drawback to aluminum that always bothered me when I owned one, and I used aluminum canoes exclusively for 15 years or so...the gunwales and other exposed aluminum parts get HOT in summer sunshine. Hot enough to burn bare legs sometimes. And if you do any cold season paddling, aluminum also gets very cold. You'll stick to it in freezing weather!

But...your aluminum canoe will be serviceable, and get you on the water reasonably cheaply, and it'll last a LONG time.

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