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workplace safety and worker respiratory health is not a priority over there.
I am not up on kayaks either, but the only solely FG ones I can find are on the short side. A sixteen footer is either going to have lots of heft, or may have inadequate material or a poor layout schedule. Its as much about how the material is applied as the material.
I bet both halves are put together domestically, for ease of shipping.
When you say half price, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Now I do have a sixteen foot kayak, but for sure its not all glass..its a composite of glass and kevlar. I am betting most kayaks are a combi like that or carbon and kev and glass. Fiberglass canoes used to be more available and and cheaper than other composites. But guess what, lately there has not been a market for them. One of the boatworks I am familiar with discontinued making glass boats; no market.
Hopefully should it happen the manufacturer discontinues making them for the USA market, the buyer will have recourse for repair or warranty work.
Also not all fiberglass is alike. Pictures can deceive.
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