Posted by: paddletothesea on Dec-06-12 11:13 AM (EST)
Depends on YOUR view. I look at a boat as a tool. A means to get from point A-to B. I drag mine a lot since I do a lot of upstream paddling. However my boat is also the strongest production layup of any boat in the world with 12- layers of kevlar. In 2004 I paddled 2400 miles upstream on the Missouri, by the time you reach Montana, the rivers are shallow and are a drop-pool type flow...so you have to get out and drag through to the next pool. Plenty of scuff and even down to the kevlar cloth!! Not a big deal considering its been dragged nearly 3000 miles by now. Ive only had to add a little gel coat one time. Again I look at it as a tool. I USE my boat to get me places. I dont polish and wax my wrenches and screwdrivers do I? So why worry (FEAR) about the bottom of the boat. It will still last a lifetime. I think I would worry if my boat did not have as strong of a hull and would probably baby it. But I also drag my MR Explorer too. I prefer good tools---Craftsman, Black & Decker.....NOT Kmart Blue Light Specials.....same goes for my gear. Use it!!!