Posted by: WaterBird on Oct-25-13 11:32 PM (EST)
Just ask the guy what color the interior is. Polylink is beige inside, as others have said. The exterior is shinier than regular rotomolded plastic, with little black flecks in it.
There's a huge difference in quality between Polylink 3 and the current soft plastic that Old Town is using. The Cayuga 146 in Polylink 3 was the best rotomolded kayak I owned, among quite a few, before moving on to thermoformed. The material is quite stiff and I liked the hull design a lot. This for me was a stable kayak in rough water and a good camping boat. Hatches were waterproof. Decent speed. Seat was good in its day but there are better now.
I had one problem with the Polylink 3. A hole in the stern around the rudder pin admitted water inbetween the layers of the material or into some cavity. The kayak gained quite a bit of water weight, permanently. The water was sealed in by the repair. Lesson: don't cinch the bow and stern down too tightly. (In this case it was an auto mechanic at a garage who did it, thinking tighter must be better. I tried to explain to the garage what a rare item they had ruined, but they didn't get it.).
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