- 1 Do they still make Royalex canoes?
- 2 What is an ABS canoe?
- 3 Why are there no more Royalex canoes?
- 4 What has replaced Royalex?
- 5 Which is lighter aluminum or fiberglass canoe?
- 6 Are Royalex canoes any good?
- 7 Are lighter canoes faster?
- 8 Which canoe material is best?
- 9 Is Royalex better than fiberglass?
- 10 How long do Royalex canoes last?
- 11 Can you wax a Royalex canoe?
- 12 Can I paint a Royalex canoe?
- 13 What is Tformex?
- 14 How do I fix my Royalex canoe?
- 15 Where are Wenonah Canoes made?
Do they still make Royalex canoes?
Royalex was developed by Uniroyal in the 1970s. 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. Production will be shut down in April 2014.
What is an ABS canoe?
A Royalex canoe is double walled, with an internal ABS foam core from end to end. The foam core provides structural rigidity and insulates boaters from cold water. It also provides buoyancy, eliminating the need for float chambers.
Why are there no more Royalex canoes?
In 2013 the plastics company PolyOne purchased Spartech, who had the rights to manufacture Royalex. Due to low demand for the material, they shipped the last sheets of it in December 2013 and closed production. In shocked response, canoe manufacturers started trying to develop a replacement.
What has replaced Royalex?
THE POPULAR SPIRIT II MANUFACTURED IN THE LONG-AWAITED ROYALEX REPLACEMENT IS CURRENTLY IN PRE-PRODUCTION—AND WENONAH HAS PLANS TO PRODUCE SEVEN MODELS IN T-FORMEX IN 2017. The same workshops that produced Royalex canoes can produce 20 to 25 T-Formex canoes per day. “Esquif did its homework,” Kueper says.
Which is lighter aluminum or fiberglass canoe?
Aluminum canoes are lighter than wood but heavier than fiberglass. The overall benefit of aluminum canoes is durability. They’re slow moving but tough and require very little maintenance.
Are Royalex canoes any good?
Royalex canoes are also extremely durable and very popular with paddlers looking for a lighter alternative to polyethylene that won’t break the bank. So if you are looking for a durable canoe that is lighter and more affordable than the more expensive Kevlar and Carbon canoes, Royalex is a great option.
Are lighter canoes faster?
It is clear that a lighter boat will be faster. An estimate that a 4% weight increase leads to a 1% speed decrease is based on some simplifying physical assumptions. They are listed here. 1) Water’s drag force on the hull opposes the paddling force.
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 better than fiberglass?
For heavy whitewater use, Royalex is the obvious choice. As far as which material lends itself to a better hull designs; in simplest terms, fiberglass, or fiberglass composites are the better choice. (You can’t achieve the sophisticated hull designs of a good fiberglass canoe with Royalex, Polyethylene or Aluminum.)
How long do Royalex canoes last?
So, how long should a canoe last? A Canoe will usually last for about 10-15 years before it needs major repairs or to be replaced. If you store your canoe properly and fix problems as they arise due to regular wear and tear, your canoe can last throughout your child’s childhood and even into adulthood.
Can you wax a Royalex canoe?
To beautify, we suggest a vinyl protectant product such as Armor All®, 303 Products or Pledge. These are safe for use on any of our Polyethylene, Superlinear, Royalex® and Fiberglass canoes or kayaks. We do not recommend waxing your hull with a paste wax, such as most car waxes.
Can I paint a Royalex canoe?
Apply several thin layers of paint. Before touching up the color, cuts and gouges must first be filled with epoxy putty designed to bond with ABS—call the canoe manufacturer or pick up a tube of PlasticWeld from JB Weld. Clean the area with acetone, follow the directions to mix and apply the putty, sand and paint.
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.
How do I fix my Royalex canoe?
CAN IT BE REPAIRED? Unless it’s big the hole can be fixed pretty easily by taping a piece of cardboard with a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap on the outside of the hull and then building up the gap with layers of fiberglass cloth and Royalex® resin.
Where are Wenonah Canoes made?
Wenonah Canoes are made in Minnesota. Wenonah Canoe is a smaller, independent, family-run canoe company in Winona, Minnesota.