I have been looking for a cheap used canoe for river paddling flatwater to class II rapids. I don’t love the rapids but they are there so I paddle them. For what I am willing to pay most of the boats need some maintenance work on the bow and stern (fabric and epoxy guard). As I paddle this potential boat with my kids, which one is going to be more carefree or easier to patch and fix at the end of the season? Lastly does the age of the material affect its durability/ resilience? How can I check for this?