|Plastic Boreal Baffin (left) vs fiberglass Maelstrom Vaag 174 (right)|
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The fiberglass kayak will find the most rocks. Usually. It's a given.
So, when the wind is up, and the water levels are down, and rocks and shoals you've never seen before are peeking out, I go for plastic. My yellow Boreal Baffin.
Out on the water, I let the fiberglass kayak do all the work, "There's a rock here, more over here."
"Gee, I haven't come across one. I'm in plastic."
This is a quiet moment in a bay out of the wind where plastic found the way to shore without hitting a rock and fiberglass followed.
Plastic and fiberglass can co-exist. If you can keep up. Fiberglass usually waits for you or comes back for you (it has no choice - if you have the keys to the car). And sometimes, you may rescue fiberglass or vice-versa.
At times, you may wonder, "Why did I leave fiberglass at home!? I could be moving much faster!"
How many times have you heard, "You're in plastic. You go first!"
How many years have you gotten away with no Gelcoat repairs?
It's great having two kayaks, one in plastic, one in fiberglass. I love them both truly. My yellow plastic Boreal Baffin and my white and blue fiberglass Maelstrom Vital 166.
But, as soon as I bring out the fiberglass kayak at the end of the season, it will find the "repair rock!" Two years running!
Happy fall paddles without repairs!
Location: Lac Deschenes, Ottawa River, Aylmer, Quebec, Canada