I’ve looked through a couple of different forums for posts on three layer plastic used in kayaks like the P&H and Valley RM lines. Lots of interesting information, speculation, etc., but not a whole lot of first hand accounts on long term durability of the material. I know it is relatively new to the market (5 years?), so perhaps that is to be expected.
I am considering a Valley RM boat as my next long distance tourer, so I’m curious to know what people’s experiences have been. My own specific concerns, based on things I’ve seen locally, are:
- Oil canning: I have seen one Valley boat that had a tremendous wow in the hull caused by improper storage. The dealer was not able to get it to pop out and was selling it at a discount. I’m wondering if the foam core impedes the plastic’s memory of its original shape.
- Cracking: I know of 2 cracked P&H boats (both Delphins) – and by “cracked” I mean hull failure.
- I have heard that the outer layer is somewhat soft, leading me to wonder if abrasion is an issue. A Valley rep told me that for rock gardening, single layer is probably a better bet.
So, if you own a 3 layer RM boat and have put it through its proper paces for more than say, a year, I like to hear how the material is holding up. Thanks in advance.
(For perspective, I have owned fiberglass and plastic boats. Of my single layer plastic boats, Prijon plastic was the best – extremely durable, any dents would pop out quickly, etc.)