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  Last summer I purchased a used 2012
  Posted by: dong on Jan-30-14 8:19 PM (EST)

Tahe Greenland T with the TCI lite layup. It's a very light, 41 lbs. and very stiff layup. It's great for most of the paddling I do now but I'm not sure how it would compare to a heavier, thicker fiberglass hull with bouncing off rocks. The kayak I have has carbon fiber for the exterior and Kevlar on the interior. It's a very strong and stiff kayak for its weight that will suite my purpose. The only downside is that the carbon fiber/epoxy isn't coated with a varnish or gel coat for protection from UV rays or moisture and requires special attention and care. You don't want this kayak to be stored outside and in the sun and you don't want it to be wrapped in plastic, have the plastic get ripped, and have rain water laying between the plastic and the hull in the hot summer sun for a couple months. This is what happened to the kayak I bought because the transporter didn't have any idea that an epoxy composite is only water resistant and not water proof. When I recieved the kayak, the hull was covered in white chaulk and needed a lot of rubbing out work done to it to remove the water damage. If you are able to take the extra care this kayak requires to keep it looking nice then it's well worth it it have a light strong kayak. Sorry for going in to such depth with the problems I had but I just wanted to make you aware of the extra care that a epoxy composite kayak requires. My kayak stays in a garage out of the sun and is doing just fine. Im curious which kayak model your looking at. I have paddled and built many kayaks and am still amazed at the handling characteristics of the Greenland T. Any competent paddlers owes it to themselves to take this kayak for a paddle. You'll be amazed.

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