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  Time to move on? What boat?
  Posted by: old_user on Oct-23-12 7:54 AM (EST)

Is there any test I can give it to see if the hull has any quality left? Someone on NPMB suggested taking a bat to it. I tried the blunt end of my splitting maul (because I don't have a bat) but I couldn't bring myself to really wail on it. Anyway, in my medium hits it bounced the way it should. I also tried flexing the hull all over and i didn't hear any cracking. I also took it to the Old Town factory and had one knowledgeable guy look at it and he thought it was probably okay. A friendly engineer at Mad River took a look at the pictures above (including the close-ups) and thought it was probably not worth risking it.

So, I'm conflicted. If there is a good way to really test the integrity, I'll consider repairing it, otherwise I'm leaning towards ditching it and looking for another boat.

I blew my play money for a boat between the boat itself and a bunch of outfitting supplies (which of course can transfer to a new hull) so I don't have lots of money for a new boat. In the 4 miles of Class II-III I paddled this boat I really liked it. Is it time to ask for suggestions for similar hulls that are newer and can be found relatively inexpensively?

Thanks for the suggestion about the MR Courier, DougD. The price is right but based on the specs I found I think it's somewhere between my Penobscot and the ME. I think I'm looking for a more playful boat, but one that can still track reasonably well on flatwater stretches. I'm pretty sure I want something in the 14-15 ft. range (i.e., not a more modern stubby WW boat). I see a fair amount of Mohawk XL-15's come up for sale but everything I read says they are great beginner boats, which usually means they get boring quickly.


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