Hello folks, I am looking at replacing my fiberglass canoe with a kevlar boat to shave some pounds - my aging back tells me it is a worthy investment. The lightest option from my builder (Clipper) is their ultralight kevlar layup, which is bare kevlar with no gelcoat. Adding a layer of gelcoat will increase the weight by a few pounds, depending on the colour.
All my boats to date have been fiberglass and all my boats have been covered in gelcoat. I’m familiar with repairing both. My question is for those of you who have experience with bare kevlar: how durable have you found it over several years of use? I paddle both freshwater and salt, so barnacles are a reality for any boat I own.
Thanks for any advice you can give.