https://paddling.com/reviews/product/old-town-canoe-kayak-discovery-164-canoe/ My mistake, the second and third reviews on here state it was royalex. Also I had read a few other data sources say the weight is 74 lbs. Currently on the Old Town website, the disco 158 is 87lbs and the 169 is 91lbs, in 3 layer poly. I thought if it was that much lighter than the current poly models it must be true what I read about being royalex. Now that begs another question, if the old ones were still 3 layer poly was it a different kind that was lighter? If so why did they switch to a heavier material? Or is the old spec data on a the few sites I could find wrong too?
I was previously looking at an Easy Rider 15’8" in royalex and it was 66 lbs… that’s even less weight so I do believe it is possible the discovery is not royalex, but then the weight difference is still strange when compared to current poly models.
I believe the last Discovery in the 164 length was made in 2002, is that correct? So much bad info floating around… I also read on another forum that the Discovery 164 “became” the Penobscot 164, but they have a completely different hull shape as the Penobscot’s sides are flared more according to the OT web site (2 in. vs 5 in. of flair). haha good times on message boards.
Anyway, I don’t too much care which it is made of other than for the purposes of repairing it. Would this work: Turn the canoe upside down with the port gunwale against a fence, tie the bow and stern to the fence in a pulley-fashion, pour hot water on the sides and tighten the bowline/stern line gradually while applying more hot water. I see the benefit of removing the thwart and yoke if bending each side individually, but this way I could use them to maintain proper width at the gunwales. Yay or nay?