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PostPosted: May 10th, 2022, 9:55 pm 
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Hi everyone, I am looking for some canoe repair advice. I have these cracks that developed after I used my friend’s canoe in the 50k paddling Kawartha marathon. It looks to me like the plastic shell cracked. Its a Kevlar canoe so not sure if the strands showing are fiberglass or kevlar. My questions are

1. Is it still a safe boat to paddle?
2. Where can I repair it? I live in Kingston, ON

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Filip


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 Post subject: Re: Canoe crack repair
PostPosted: May 11th, 2022, 7:31 am 
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Can you post some more images? A long shot that shows more of the boat and some close ups of the most damaged areas?

I've never seen anything like this. Looks like a lot of the gel coat has dropped off. And the damage looks more like abrasion than "cracks". Don't know what to say about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Canoe crack repair
PostPosted: May 11th, 2022, 7:53 am 
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That's just the gel coat cracked to expose the Kevlar. The damage is mostly cosmetic. On an older canoe I would just use some body filler an touch up with the closest color of paint I could find. This boat looks brand new though. Where are all the scratches? I have never seen such a pristine boat outside the showroom. The biggest prob, IMO, will be getting the paint to match.

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 Post subject: Re: Canoe crack repair
PostPosted: May 11th, 2022, 4:52 pm 
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Dry it out, dremel it out to clean it, fill with gel epoxy, then paint it with some matching nail polish.


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 Post subject: Re: Canoe crack repair
PostPosted: May 12th, 2022, 6:54 am 
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Thanks for the replies guys! It was my buddy’s canoe- he rarely uses it and the Marathon paddle was down a river so no real rocks to bump into. No idea how it occurred, I’ve never seen anything like it either.

I will do the epoxy/nail polish trick. Thanks so much!


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