Sun-stored Royalex used boat buying ques
Posted by: azure on Apr-15-14 8:05 AM (EST) Category: Canoes
In 2010 I lost everything including my sweet Kevlar Explorers due to health crises. I’m back to life now and jonesin' bad for a solid NON-aluminum river boat. But I’m broke, so cheap stuff is all I can hunt for now.
I’m well aware of the effects of the sun on canoe hulls. (Seasoned paddler who has always carefully stored Kevlar and fiberglass boats in a garage.) I came across a great Royalex boat but the owner stored it outdoors, hull UP in direct sunlight for years. It was indoors for maybe 5 years then out in sun for about the same.
So – other than the obvious expected sun-fading and a good overall general close inspection for cracks – is there any way to assess the Royalex integrity before buying? I just can’t afford to buy a boat then hit the first rock on a river and have the hull shatter. Plus, I really want the boat for week-long Class 2 max river tripping.
If longtime Royalex owners can shed some light here, I’d be grateful. Thanks, amigos…
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Posted by: pblanc on Apr-15-14 8:36 AM (EST)
If the outer vinyl coating of the Royalex is intact at least in theory the ABS core should not be subject to photo-degradation although the color of the vinyl will fade.
I've seen brittleness on cold days with |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-15-14 11:51 AM (EST)
20+ year old Royalex and high velocity tree pitoning, but I don't think you'll have any trouble with the one you're describing. It isn't that old, and the vinyl should have protected it from UV.
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Posted by: thebob.com on Apr-15-14 12:21 PM (EST)
Might help to know:
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Posted by: somalley on Apr-15-14 2:22 PM (EST)
I have a Dimension from 1989 that probably spent its entire life stored outside - the red vinyl is now sort of a dirty reddish pink from sun fading. I haven't crashed hard in it, but it's seen plenty of normal (ab)use eddy hopping on class 3 and the only effect so far is patches of brighter red where the faded/chalky vinyl got scraped away.
Posted by: azure on Apr-18-14 12:28 AM (EST)
You guys are great - thanks so much. That's precisely what I wanted to know.
no worries imo|
Posted by: daggermat on Apr-18-14 7:17 PM (EST)
Posted by: azure on Apr-19-14 12:02 AM (EST)
The end of my Royalex MR Synergy |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-19-14 3:16 PM (EST)
that sticks out of the carport and into the sun has gotten dull because of UV damage to the vinyl, even though vinyl is one of the *most* UV resistant plastics. (Think of garden hoses and wading pools.)
Posted by: thebob.com on Apr-19-14 3:57 PM (EST)
For the same amount of money, and same model of canoe.
How about the same amount of |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-19-14 5:09 PM (EST)
Posted by: thebob.com on Apr-19-14 6:59 PM (EST)
A tactical nuke about a mile away?
That would leave a Royalex boat with |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-19-14 8:49 PM (EST)
handling characteristics similar to the legendary Piece of Plywood.
Posted by: ppine on Apr-23-14 11:38 AM (EST)
In a world of good used boats why take a chance? I had a Sawyer Charger once that literally fell apart after 30 years.