Just wondering if anyone has any experience/thoughts/advice about thermoformed or polycarbonate SUPs?
Looking at something like this:
Main appealis the durability for family use. Also hoping for a smoother ride than the soft SUPs
Gong had prototypes made out of polycarbonate. They were interesting, ultra tough, and only 30% heavier than entry level construction if I recall well. They never went into production because the inflatable market took off and stole all the recreational market share. For the dedicated SUPers wanting a hard board instead of an inflatable, 30% weight penalty was too big a drawback.
Bic has been making ABS boards for year, surfboards then SUPs. They are not too heavy, a bit less rigid than epoxy boards, you must only take care to gently round the edges of the seam on the rail, otherwise you may leave some skin on it.