What is Royalex in canoes?

Are Royalex canoes good?

Royalex® is a highly durable canoe material that is strong, flexible, and abrasion-resistant. Royalex canoes are incredibly tough. This makes them the ideal choice for sportsmen, whitewater paddlers, families and kids, or anybody who wants a very durable canoe.

How long will a Royalex canoe last?

A Canoe will usually last for about 10-15 years before it needs major repairs or to be replaced.

Why did they stop making Royalex?

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.

What has replaced Royalex?

When the supply of Royalex dried up years ago, Arkansas-based canoe makers who rely on the material found themselves up a creek without a paddle. But these days, with the help of Canadian canoe company Esquif’s replacement product dubbed T-Formex, two Northwest Arkansas canoe makers are back in business.

Can Royalex be repaired?

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.

Does Royalex float?

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.

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Can you patch Royalex?

For damage that does affect the inner layer, you patch the inner hull first then repair the delamination from the outside and then apply an outer patch. MATERIALS: Patch Material: The best Royalex patching material is ABS! ABS sheets can be found at most plastics supply distributors.

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.