I'll be getting a Mad River Reflection 15 soon and I have the option of a vinyl or aluminum gunwale. What are the pros and cons? I'm in Louisiana and this canoe will only be used on slow bayous and lakes, very laid back...no whitewater or anything like that. I'm thinking of going with the aluminum to save a little weight and I think it would give it a little more rigidity when on the roof rack. Opinions?
I'm selling my Adventure 16, which I've had for a year, to switch to the Reflection. The Adventure was a great, stable, family canoe...but the weight was just getting to be an issue and I need a 2-3 person canoe that I can handle by myself when I want to.
So, aluminum or vinyl?