can't believe I heard that advice on a ZUK board of all places.
How can I put this.....Thats like telling someone who wants to wheel to go buy Defender 90. Yeah they are cool....but be prepared to bend-over when you buy it or break it and a well-built zuk that costs a fraction will get much more respect on the trail.
If you have the time, BUILD ONE....it's my other hobby, I have built 2 canoes and 1 touring tandem kayak.
1-"stitch-n-glue" Okume with 4oz-glass. 14ft @ 30lbs, 40 hours and 180 dollars.
2-"Cedar-Strip" Red cedar with 4oz glass 16ft @ 55lbs, 80 hours, 350 dollars.
3-"tandem stitch-n-glue kayak" Okume with 2oz glass 17ft @ 35lbs, 50 hours 200 dollars.
As far as performance? The only limit to the hull design is YOU the builder, and weight is very comp to kevlar.
More then half the time is spent on finishing so you can build one in 2 weekends. Not to mention, EVERYONE will ask you where you got it, and the joy that comes from answering "I built it..." is priceless.
I should say...if he has a 100lb canoe...its likely ABS and tuff as hell.