Maybe I am too old fashioned? I have always liked aluminum canoes, and all I see in the stores are plastic canoes that cost as much as the Grumman aluminum ones. I remember canoeing around some of the small lakes near Plattsburgh, NY in a friend's aluminum canoe that had an Indian chief profile on the side (maybe a Sportspal or something like that). It was very lightweight and easy to carry to the water by myself. The canoe's floor and sides were lined with a very durable layer of foam, and it could float in just a couple (maybe three) inches of water.
Grumman has such canoes, but I don't think there is a dealer in Alaska.
I wonder why aluminum canoes are not as popular in Alaska? What are your views on aluminum versus plastic?