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Composite Canoe Repair and Maintenance

Course Overview

Composite canoes are light, efficient and paddle like a dream. But canoe country granite can chew them up if you’re not careful. It can seem a bit daunting to use modern resins and fabrics but fear not. We’ll take the mysteries out of repairing that faithful paddling friend safely, with simple tools and the right materials. While we can’t always make them look new again, we can go a long way to keeping them structurally sound, looking better and lasting longer for the next trip to canoe country. Epoxies and polyester resins, fiberglass and Kevlar can be used safely and easily if you know what to do. Repairing hull cracks, installing skid plates, replacing seats, gunnels and other fittings will be covered and we’ll discuss long term care and recoating. We’ll have a few canoes from local outfitters to use as demonstrators of various levels of destruction and their appropriate repair techniques. Students can bring their own canoes to work on with prior permission from the instructor. A materials fee will be charged for repair of  the canoe based on the work done.


Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019

Course Details

Length: 1 Day
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+
Registration Cost: $85.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($25-$50)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Please bring your own N95 approved dust mask or respirator to the class

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.