Posted by: magooch on Feb-04-14 11:46 AM (EST)
If you get the chance to paddle a Valley Norkapp and a P&H Cetus, before you buy a Cetus, I would strongly suggest you do so. I've paddled all of them and I too thought I would really like the Cetus. They certainly are nice boats, but the 18' Nordkapp changed my mind.
When you consider which type of layup to go with, consider this: There really isn't a great difference in the weight between a kevlar, carbon, or glass boat, but there is quite a difference in price. No matter which fabric, or combination of fabrics is used, the gel coat is still the weak link. When it comes to repairs, glass will be easier and cheaper to fix. I am no expert, but I have seen a demonstration that convinced me that vinylester resin does as advertised.
About your choice of black--it will show every little mark and scratch.
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