Regards! I may have mis-understood you post, so please forgive me? But as if a magic wand appeared in my hand see;
Also, as regards your reference to 30 tonne stones, I have read of no information which would prevent reed boats from carrying such loads. And the size of these vessels seems only to be limited to the amount of reed available to build one, and the manpower and time to do so. Since these vessels (from information I have read) appear capable of carrying more cargo weight per square foot (or volume) or its equivalent in wooden displacement boats, then the 30 tonne argument is negated.
As regards duribility, there also exists studies that give such vessels a life time that is the equivalent to or that exceeds that of most wooden vessels. But the fact or speculation that a certain rare wood found in Polynesia is the most resistant to rot or sea creatures, etc., does not indicate that it existed in the amounts needed to supply a very large number of vessels. And, certainly the chaffing and wear on the binding ropes on Hyerdahl's reed boats, does not indicated that the ancients with hundreds of years of experience had not solved those problems.
So maybe we are talking candy and nuts?
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