I'm in the process of trying to make some decisions on a new canoe too purchase before we move up to alaska and need some thoughts and input on material.
Please share any thoughts or knowledge that you have about the qualities and the drawbacks of the different materials. What would you prefer to have your canoe made out of? I'm looking at a 18 foot + and something to put a motor on. I'm wondering if the lighter materials lack the stiffness for a heavy loaded boat or how they fair with abuse on the rocks.
On a side note..........I'm wondering if its worth the weight for a albany or HB at 185 and 250 lbs. I know that many here like them and have them and I'm very tempted but the weight of them would seem to make them very limited if any portaging was need to gain access to upper waters. Most of the 18 footers claim a 1000 to 1200 pound capacity and weigh in the range of 83 to 113 lbs.
I did find that the Clipper 18' MacSport weighs 98 lbs in the fiberglass model and claims to have a 1500 lbs limit and has 7 3/4" of free board left. This seem like it might be the best of all worlds. Note quit sure how they get that. They also have the kevlar at 82 lbs and a ultralite at 76 lbs.