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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 9:39 am 
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First question - is it OK to have one canoe leaning up against another for the duration of the winter? I mean basically like this but only 2 canoes - first canoe lying perfectly flat upside down on two x 2 x 4s and the 2nd canoe leaning against it on a 45 degree angle.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/mmaBohVkITKUpwws2

My canoe rack currently has 3 slots in it, but each slot is extra wide so about 58". I bought a 4th canoe and was wondering if it would be OK to store like this for the winter or should I re-jig my rack for 4 slots?


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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 9:41 am 
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Second question - I have no choice but to store outdoors. I've always just left it like that and made sure to keep any snow clear from the canoes so there is no weight built up. Is that OK or should I be covering with a tarp?


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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 11:13 am 
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I would not store my canoes in that manner.

Make your rack bigger, put your largest boat on top and it will help protect the others below.

I would cover my boats (if stored outside) to avoid UV exposure. It's a product destroyer.
Ideally I would have an airspace between the tarp and boat if possible.

If not then keep the snow accumulation off with regular inspections.
Last thing would be to put it to bed with a fresh covering of UV protectant. (McNett, 303, etc...)
As well, re-apply come Spring.

This is how I would care for your boat.


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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 2:50 pm 
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Is there any difference between Royalex and Kevlar in terms of the need to UV protect?


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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 4:02 pm 
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No.

Be careful applying any protectant near where you kneel.
It will make royalex or polyethylene very slick. Composites not as bad.


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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 4:24 pm 
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OK thanks. What do I buy and how much do I need per canoe?

Today I converted my rack from 3 to 4 so they all fit now.

Here is a picture

https://imgur.com/WycAnZb


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PostPosted: October 22nd, 2017, 4:46 pm 
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McNett is one brand. 303 is another.
They come in spray bottles.

Rack looks good.


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PostPosted: October 24th, 2017, 3:25 pm 
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My experience, and not knowing any better, I stored my Novacraft Royallite Prospector for 10 years outdoors with no uv protection or tarp protection. When I finally ended up selling it a couple of years ago it looked almost new and in close inspection the materials were in excellent shape. There is some shade where it was stored which may have helped...


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PostPosted: October 25th, 2017, 8:36 pm 
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Prospector16 wrote:
Today I converted my rack from 3 to 4 so they all fit now. Here is a picture
https://imgur.com/WycAnZb


It looks like the roof drains onto the canoes. That isn't good for the canoe with wood gunwales. Could you get a piece of metal roofing and extend the roofline out beyond the canoes? That would protect them from rain and snow, and would also provide some UV protection.


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PostPosted: October 26th, 2017, 6:23 am 
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Yeah I don't like wood gunwales but I snabbed that one off kijiji for 500 bucks - 50 lb Kevlar. Older but in great shape.

I've been considering a number of things there one of which being the idea of extending the roof line. Not sure yet what I'll do.

I was also wondering with wood gunwales whether I should be especially careful about making sure it got tarped in the winter to prevent ice from getting in under the gunwales and expanding and causing it to separate.


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PostPosted: October 26th, 2017, 8:32 am 
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Looking at your picture it seems that if there is a significant snow load coming off you are in for canoes being pushed off and damaged.
I know for me that wouldnt work.. When the snow comes off it makes a huge pile..

With a tarp be careful to provide ventilation Otherwise trapped moisture has no where to go and will get your gunwales that way.


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PostPosted: October 26th, 2017, 5:14 pm 
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Yeah snow load is an issue but I've had them there for 5 years now. Just have to keep an eye out during storms and remove the snow buildup. No big deal.

Not like I have a choice - that's pretty much the only place I have to store them.


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PostPosted: October 27th, 2017, 8:37 am 
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Prospector16 wrote:
Is there any difference between Royalex and Kevlar in terms of the need to UV protect?


Most kevlar canoes will have a gel coat finish which provides the UV protection. The colour will fade over time but the structural strength comes from the protected kevlar so the faded gel coat will have no impact on the strength of the hull.

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PostPosted: October 29th, 2017, 11:16 am 
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Or use UV protectant and the colour won't fade.

It will save you an hour or two of gelcoat buffing.


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