Aluminum weight varies greatly.
Posted by: Yanoer on Oct-25-12 11:29 AM (EST)
I have a 17' Grumman and a 17' Alumicraft and the Alumicraft feels much lighter and I can get both boats up to my shoulders by myself.
I don't think they're any heavier than many royalex boats of similar dimensions and certainly not heavier than the Mad River and Old Town triple layer boats and lighter than some fiberglass canoes of similar dimensions that I've encountered.
A positive trait is that they're very stiff and responsive to body movement and paddle input.
Design matters - my two tandems by different manufacturers vary in handling characteristics.
My Grumman G-129 Solo Handles very nicely, very crisp & maneuverable, but a little deep and wide at the gunwales for my best fit. At 44 lbs, it's nearly as heavy as my royalex Bell Wildfire/Yellowstone Solo, which I don't use much because of it's 49 lb weight.
The main drawbacks for aluminum for me are:
1) The keel that grabs rocks on non whitewater shoe keeled boats.
2) Cold when it's cold.
3) Hot when it's hot.
4) Glare in bright sun if not painted in strategic locations.
5) Much noisier than royalex or plastic and somewhat noisier than composites. Some composites I've had have been pretty noisy when scraping over rocks or gravel or when setting a paddle down in them.
6) Once the keel or gunwales are bent, they can be a beast to straighten out to near original lines.
The ability to store them outdoors without concern for related deterioration can not be ignored.
There are still several aluminum canoes that get used in our local group river trips and the people in them have just as much fun as the people in non-aluminum boats.
If you find a great deal on an aluminum boat, try it. If you're not happy with it after a few outings, sell it and try a different model of canoe. This approach applies for canoes of any material.
Have fun searching.