gnarlydog wrote: Some people refer to some kayaks made from plastic as "Tupperwear".
Yep, I've heard that plenty of times, but I'm also aware that Tupperware is one of the most brilliant inventions of the 20th century (along with bundaberg rum and top deck chocolate
gnarlydog wrote: Dragging a plastic hull over rocks and asphalt (no kidding; I saw somebody schlepping his plastic fantastic along the bitumen from his car to the put in point) will cause the finish to scratch.So, plastic is great but you still should take care of it.
Yep that would be me. My current yak is 3 years old and has been dragged across roads, rocks, gravel, launched off rock platforms through surf, dropped off the roof of my car, smashed in shorebreaks and even pounded against rocks for 8 hours straight when it broke away from our mothership at night in the Whitsundays last year. At 4.5metres and 28kgs my yak is pretty heavy but it's also put up with plenty of abuse (and yes my top end paddling speed has probably suffered due to that)
I guess that's the reason I'm asking these questions, to gather some info about what sort of sea kayak I should be leaning towards. I'm in no way ANTI glass/composite and I think that glass/comp boats LOOK terrific and obviously paddle fantastically well, but with the levels of abuse I'm likely to dish out I'm worried that a composite boat, in my hands, may not fare all that well.
At this stage I'll be borrowing my brother in laws glass sea kayak for a couple of weeks and having a few paddles so once I've sat and paddled that, I guess I'll have a bit more of an idea about the appeal of both.
Thanks again for all your replies, and if theres any other thoughts on the advantages/disadvantages of poly over composite or vice versa then please feel free to add your 2 cents..