Only if performance is about efficiency and speed, maybe you don't want much flex. But, if you are doing Class II or higher whitewater and you're banging off rocks, you really need a boat that has some flex. The real advantage to plastic boats is their durability and ability to take extreme abuse without breaking.
Most WW folks are only mildly interested in hull speed -- maneuverability and durability are the performance characteristics they need most. Go to the Green Race and you can count the number of composite boats that go by. I bet it'll be close to zero -- real close!
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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