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  when you go fishin' ya never know
  Posted by: tdaniel on Jun-13-13 10:44 AM (EST)
 

what ya gonna catch. This message board is a little like that. All kinds of paddlers, different boats and paddling environments. The OP wanted composite advice on hull flex and performance. He got some of that and he also got an astute observation that one aspect of performance is durability as it relates to flexible materials like plastic. So durability may also be something to consider in a larger context than just ww or not. That's up to the OP to decide, nothing wrong with that. That makes more sense than throwin' canoes off the roof of a factory to market them as high performers, paddlin' yaks made by trashcan manufacturers that had all the rigidity of a bleach bottle, or riverchasin' in a brittle boat. Yes, even plastic has and is currently evolving. Rigidity, hull performance/speed, and durability are important considerations for all paddlers and boat makers, even when we're talkin' cheap poly. How about them chopped glass boats? Good and rigid but heavy as sin and "low performing" but cost effective. The real answer is always "it just depends." Somebody way smarter than me figured that out.

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