After calling Mad River and coming up empty I thought I'd ask the masses. Trying to figure out what canoe I just bought. S/N is MADE1122M83k. By the E, I assume explorer, the 83 the year but material? Very thin, less than 1/8 between the gunwales(towards the ends 1/16 max.) You can see the cloth weave, gray inside, and you can see the weave thru the outer covering if you look close. Foam closed ends. The canoe skin is very thin and flexible. Thanks in advance.
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Posted by: pblanc on Jun-17-13 5:04 PM (EST)
I believe that MRC attached a K at the end of the HIN of their Kevlar boats. Some were painted on the interior to prevent photo-degradation of the Kevlar. Back in 1983 I believe Mad River's Kevlar boats were all Kevlar layups. It probably also has the non-radiused (squared off) gunwales.
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Posted by: g2d on Jun-17-13 5:28 PM (EST)
had a very thin layup, not over 1/8 inch. And up high on the hull, below the end caps, the weave pattern showed through the white gelcoat.
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Posted by: openboater on Jun-18-13 6:39 AM (EST)