Okay, so I'm seriously considering pulling the trigger on a We-no-nah Backwater 15 in the Ultralight Kevlar, probably in then ext two weeks. ($2500, which is a lotta jack for me.) Main uses will be duck hunting, then camping, then fishing. It's a 15' square stern, and I will be powering it with a 2 stroke 4 hp o/b.
One of my hang ups is the lack of information on carrying capacity. The dealer I spoke to (in the Lower 48) said We-no-nah doesn't rate capacity on any of their boats because they don't want people pushing it to the maximum of the sticker. (I.e. if the sticker says 700lbs they don't want people trying to cram 700 lbs into the boat.) Of course, that makes less than no sense at all to me. If the sticker says 700 lbs, then why can't you put 700 lbs in? In the end, all I could get is "You can carry two 250 lb guys plus enough gear for a 3 day trip."
The other hang up is I'm still unsure on just how puncture proof these kevlar canoes are in comparison to Royalex and Fiberglass.
Does anyone here own and/or use any of the We-no-nah kevlar canoes (or any kevlar canoe really) and can address these questions with actual experience? I'd like to know what I'm buying before I drop that much money and haul it all the way up here.