Composite Canoe Repair and Maintenance
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, look better, and last 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 demonstrations of various levels of destruction and their appropriate repair techniques.
Students are encouraged to 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.