Why did they stop making Royalex canoes?
In 2013, plastics company PolyOne, of Avon Lake, Ohio purchased Spartech, and decided to shut down Royalex production due to its low volume. The last sheets of Royalex were shipped from the factory in December, 2013.
Are Royalex canoes any good?
Royalex® is a highly durable canoe material that is strong, flexible, and abrasion-resistant. Royalex canoes are incredibly tough. This makes them the ideal choice for sportsmen, whitewater paddlers, families and kids, or anybody who wants a very durable canoe.
How much should I pay for a used canoe?
On average, a used canoe will cost about $400 but can range anywhere from $300 to $550 dollars. A brand new canoe will, on average, cost $900.
What is Tformex?
T-Formex is a high tech ABS plastic laminate, specially designed for products that require structural memory and a resistance to abrasion and impacts. These characteristics make it the best choice for canoes. When we produce T-Formex we build it in sheets and these sheets of material are baked in an oven.
Which canoe material is best?
Royalex. For years Royalex has been the go-to material for most casual canoe buyers. Lighter than polyethylene and with more variety of design than aluminum, Royalex is essentially a plastic sandwich made of layers of vinyl, plastic and rigid foam.
Is Royalex the same as Kevlar?
lighter than the same canoe made of Royalex. When you hear Kevlar you automatically think bulletproof vest. It provides the same quality of strength that makes Kevlar such a desirable material to build a canoe out of but will have less hull flex or oil canning than its plastic counterparts.
What has replaced Royalex?
When the supply of Royalex dried up years ago, Arkansas-based canoe makers who rely on the material found themselves up a creek without a paddle. But these days, with the help of Canadian canoe company Esquif’s replacement product dubbed T-Formex, two Northwest Arkansas canoe makers are back in business.
What are Royalex canoes made of?
The vast majority of Royalex® material has been made with the ABS layers of a differing color than the vinyl skin. This makes it easy to gauge the wear on the vinyl layer. While the canoe is still structurally intact, it is wise to restore that layer of UV protection to your hull.