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7/19/2018 1:15 pm  #1

Canoe Repairs

Hi Folks!,

Can anyone recommend a place to get my canoe repaired?  Ideally somewhere 'relatively' close to York region...  My boat's got sun damage along keel...:-(. I was thinking Holy Cow Canoe, but thought I'd first throw out the question for anything recommended/closer...

Apologies if this one has been asked in another post already.

Many thanks in advance :-)

Side note: Will definitely be re-jigging the sun coverage for my boat storage!


7/19/2018 1:26 pm  #2

Re: Canoe Repairs

What do you mean by "sun damage"? Fading of the gel coat isn't something that would require a repair. 


7/19/2018 1:50 pm  #3

Re: Canoe Repairs

I mean this...:-(

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7/19/2018 2:01 pm  #4

Re: Canoe Repairs

Hmmm, looks like there might have been an earlier patch in the bottom left of the picture that was painted over. Is it possible the paint is peeling now? Or are you seeing fibers through the cracks along the keel?



7/19/2018 2:06 pm  #5

Re: Canoe Repairs

Thanks Rob...  It's not a patch - Skid plate :-)  Yup - Am seeing the fibers :-(

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7/19/2018 2:21 pm  #6

Re: Canoe Repairs

Have never used them but I've heard good things. not near york region though.

We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it.
 - George Washington Sears

7/19/2018 2:27 pm  #7

Re: Canoe Repairs

Ok, then you are correct a repair is probably needed. Holy Cow is worth talking to, I have no idea if they do repairs or not. 

If you're interested, it's not that hard to do yourself. Depending on the quality/age/value of the canoe you can just use fibreglass cloth and epoxy from Canadian Tire. Alternatively Noah's Marine has the materials including West Systems epoxy which is still the most common choice canoes. 


7/20/2018 8:55 am  #8

Re: Canoe Repairs

Kleinburg in in York Region and Ed Ziemba might do it. He restores wooden canoes but composites might be doable. Worth a look anyway... contact info at page bottom.

PS... or he might be able to refer you to another repair shop in the area. Marinas and boat shops will often have fiberglass repair staff, shouldn't be a problem.

Last edited by frozentripper (7/20/2018 8:58 am)


7/23/2018 6:27 am  #9

Re: Canoe Repairs

ShawnD wrote:

Have never used them but I've heard good things. not near york region though.

Never used him either, but I follow him on Instagram.
He's a true craftsman when it comes to boat repairs.


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