Posted by: FrankNC on Dec-25-12 7:48 PM (EST)
I do stand by the statement that composite boats are generally junk. Recently a few rough water symposiums have quit providing composite boats as rentals because of the damages caused to them in classes.
Often the decks of the boats get cracked in flatwater Classes doing simple boat over raft-up repairs or people providing first aid on rafted boats. The composite boats rarely hold up well.
I think they are excellent for racing in flat water only but it you are banging boats together or banging them against rock which happens to me every paddle.
I'd gladly trade my Kevlar Current Designs Kestrel 140 for a similar plastic boat like an RTM disco.
I do totally understand that others have different opinions about this as I grew up in Florida where composite boats lasted for decades because there are almost no rocks and no whitewater. But from here on out I only want plastic and I'll protect it from the sun.