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  Royalex and Hull Flex
  Posted by: guideboatguy on Apr-08-13 9:50 AM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Apr-08-13 9:54 AM EST --

How much flex there is in the bottom will vary from one boat to the next, but is less on boats with a rounder bottom. Every Royalex boat I've paddled showed at least some flexing and sometimes a lot, EXCEPT for my Nova Craft Supernova. The Supernova's hull is very round-bottomed, and I detect no flex at all in normal paddling.

Edit: I see pgeorge mentioned this already, but anyway, I can tell you a Royalex Supernava is very stiff. It's not an ideal lake boat though.

I haven't paddled a Wilderness, but if it's basically an over-sized Vagabond as I've sometimes heard, I'm sure the bottom of the hull will flex a lot. I had a Royalex Vagabond and it became slightly reverse-rockered even with a little guy like me on board (total load under 170 at times).

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