I'm looking to get a second canoe, I'll likely be able to find a used royalex one somewhere but if not I'm considering going new. Most manufactures have their own royalex replacement, of which I haven't a clue as to how they hold up. Anyone have an opinion on or experience with the new materials? I'd like something with similar properties of royalex.
esquif is making a newer improved version of royalex. lighter, more abrasion resistant and still recoverable after a wrap supposed to be about the same price point and available this spring . they are also selling this to other manufactures like nova craft as they can still use their old molds. oldtown is using the same plastic that they have been using in the "discos" for years, and this is their only plastic option now. pretty tough butt a fair bit heavier. novacraft is also making hulls in a material they call tuff stuff. looks interesting but is quite a bit more.
esquif were the ones to develop t formex. they initially used it on their taurau model. and were developing it into large sheets like royalex was available in. they were hoping to sell the raw sheets to other canoe manufactures as they could use this material with their existing molds. novacraft was planning on buying sheets from esquif.