Wenonah has an over 50 year history of making quality canoes with nuanced designs catering each canoe to a particular set of conditions, then offering each hull in a variety of materials, allowing paddlers to craft the perfect canoe for what they want to do. First we go through the materials Wenonah builds with, than offer general catergories of hulls to explore further.
WENONAH BUILD MATERIAL OPTIONS
- T-Formex : This material is a proven replacement for Royalex. It offers durability, hull memory, and weight similar to that of Royalex. This material consists of ABS plastic layers inside and out, with an ABS foam core sandwiched in-between, integrating floatation throughout the hull. T-Formex is the most durable of materials offered by Wenonah, but also the heaviest. This material is currently only offered in a selection of hulls.
- Tuf-Weave Flex-core : Tuf-weave is Wenonah’s proprietary blend of 50% Fiberglass / 50% Polyester. Wenonah’s Tuf-weave hulls are incredibly durable for composite material, with added durability from the outer gel-coat applied. The gel-coat can be applied in a variety of colors, and with the inside of the canoe being sprayed to match. This layup is lighter than T-Formex, and available for most of Wenonah’s canoes. Tuf-weave will be the most resilient of composite layups.
- Aramid Flex-core : Aramid Flex-core hull utilitzes the outer gel coat as Tuf-weave, but supplementing Polyaramid for Fiberglass. Polyaramid offers the advantages of cutting down weight, while stiffening the hull, allowing for a more responsive hull in the water. Aramid Flex-core uses multiple layers of Aramid, making it more resilient than Aramid UL. This is the layup if you want to keep the weight down, but up the durability.
- Aramid UL : This is the lightest weight hull layup Wenonah offers consistently across their lineup. This layup features a single layer of Polyaramid, reinforced with foam ribs and core, laminated in with Polyaramid in key areas to add strength. Aramid UL creates a stiff canoe hull which is responsive on the water, and incredibly lightweight to portage.
- Graphite UL : This layup is offered selectively across the Wenonah lineup, particularly with performance hulls. Graphite offers a negligible weight reduction over Aramid UL, but does create an even stiffer hull, granting hulls better efficiency and responsiveness on the water. Graphite UL canoes also have a layer of Polyaramid applied to the inside of the hull to increase resilience.
- IB UL : This layup offers a combination of black aramid and Innegra. The Innegra is a high-tech fiber which offers high flexibility, providing for enhanced impact and puncture resistance. The Innegra is interwoven with the black aramid to form the outside hull. Then the inside of the hull is backed by Polyaramid and a foam core for additional stiffness and flotation. In some cases, the hull has a white gel-coated bottom for hiding scratches and to offer additional protection. This layup is developed for paddlers who want a robust lightweight hull.
WENONAH CANOE CATEGORIES
For those looking for a canoe with stability and storage as the highest priority, or for those searching for a hull which will allow them a high degree of versatility in what they want to do on the water, check out the recreational tandem category.
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