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Hand Crafted Laminate Canoes.
With a little care and attention your laminate canoe will last a lifetime.
A laminate canoe is relatively UV stable but will maintain its looks better if stored under cover.
The laminate hull is very strong and rigid and if you happen to damage the hull it is easily repairable.
All components that go into the canoes construction are bolted or riveted and hence easily replaceable.
It is recommended that intending paddlers and canoe/kayak owners read one or more of the variety of books/articles available over the net or from a variety of retailers dealing with paddling/ safety etc on the type of on-the-water activity they wish to undertake. Paddling is an immensely enjoyable satisfying lifetime interest, but it is not without its dangers. It is the responsibility of any paddler to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to participate in the sport with safety.
Your laminate canoe is very buoyant as it has two very large basically watertight compartments built into the canoe.
Each compartment has a very small pin sized breather hole drilled into it to equalise air pressure. Air pressure changes cause problems if your canoe is left in the sun or on cold days or when transporting you canoe to different altitudes.
This breather hole is located under the deck cap. In the event of your canoe capsizing a few drops of water may seep through the breather hole.
The buoyancy tanks are also fitted with 150mm inspection ports allowing you to use the tanks as waterproof storage areas. The inspection ports have "o ring" seals. Be careful not to get sand & grit onto the seals and they will benefit from an occasional application of "o ring" grease (waterproof Vaseline… try swimming pool shops) Vaseline, even olive oil, lanolin etc.
Be sure that when paddling and transporting your canoe that you securely fasten the inspection hatches, as they could otherwise leak or be lost from your canoe when transported upside down.
As additional flotation security, each tank is supplied with a min 4lt
empty wine bladder that can be inflated inside the buoyancy tank.
A variety of timbers may have been use in the trim of your canoe. Some basic maintenance will see the timber trim last the life of your canoe.
The timber trim is exceptionally resilient and durable if maintained - a little maintenance goes a long way. A canoe is meant to be paddled & used so expect dings, paddle scratches etc over years your trim may develop a distressed look, which will add to its character. All the timber trim needs is the occasional light sanding and to be re coated with a quality external polyurethane varnish. I exclusively use Frominex Polyurethane Varnish. I find the Forminex product to be the best I have used. If you wish to use Forminex it should be available from ship chandlers or if you have trouble finding a supplier I can provide supplies. Less than 500ml is needed to re varnish your canoe.
Fit and Finish of your Laminate Canoe
Although your laminate canoe has an exceptionally rigid hull open canoes are better carried upside down. I exclusively use webbing cam buckles to tie canoes to my trailer or roof racks. Cam buckles are exceptionally strong and very easy and quick to attach. A 3.5mt to 4.5mt cam buckle is generally adequate.
I still find the best padding for the gunwales when transporting an open canoe is a folded square of wool-based carpet. (easy to find and cheap)
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