I'll be getting a Mad River Reflection 15 soon and I have the option of a vinyl or aluminum gunwale. What are the pros and cons? I'm in Louisiana and this canoe will only be used on slow bayous and lakes, very laid back...no whitewater or anything like that. I'm thinking of going with the aluminum to save a little weight and I think it would give it a little more rigidity when on the roof rack. Opinions?
I'm selling my Adventure 16, which I've had for a year, to switch to the Reflection. The Adventure was a great, stable, family canoe...but the weight was just getting to be an issue and I need a 2-3 person canoe that I can handle by myself when I want to.
So, aluminum or vinyl?
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Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-28-12 5:43 PM (EST)
Louisiana sun and alu gunwales make me wince..They can get hot to handle.
I was just about to say the opposite|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Dec-28-12 5:56 PM (EST)
So now that we have|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-28-12 7:08 PM (EST)
made the heat absorption issue a non issue? I can't see sun hitting the gunwales an issue when getting the boat off the car.
Have to admit...|
Posted by: timothy585 on Dec-28-12 9:38 PM (EST)
I never thought of the heat issue.I was more worried about the aluminum gunwale bending. I don't think the heat issue would be a concern, being aluminum is a light color and the vinyl is black. I think I'll go with the aluminum.
Nah..neither will bend|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-28-12 10:17 PM (EST)
but remember that the alu is going to feel hot when you forget that it is hot..
In ww circles, vinyl tends to crack |
Posted by: g2d on Dec-28-12 10:48 PM (EST)
rather than bend permanently. The aluminum insert is not so much for stiffening as it is there to prevent the gunwale from being torn in two if it cracks. The vinyl gunwales on my OT Tripper had no aluminum inserts, and cracked in one place, but the boat held shape.
Vinyl Would Be My Pick|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-29-12 5:04 AM (EST)
For what it is worth:|
Posted by: JackL on Dec-29-12 5:39 AM (EST)
I have canoes with wood, vinyl, aluminum and carbon gunnels.
Posted by: timothy585 on Dec-29-12 12:59 PM (EST)
Thanks for the input.