Taking Care of Your Canoe
Maintenance of your canoe keeps it in top shape, extending its lifespan, lessening the possibility of extensive damage and the need for expensive repairs. Our cheap canoes for sale are easy to maintain, and at their cost, it’s worthwhile spending a bit of extra love to ensure you won’t be capsizing mid-session!
- Wooden canoes are more susceptible to damage than composite, plastic or aluminium hulls. Regular inspections of the hull, joints and seats are important, and water-resistant treatment is required to protect the wood from mildew, mould or rot.
- Composite hulls such as fibreglass will have a hard outer layer that is great for resisting scratches, and the majority of minor scratches and dents can be fixed on your own. Bigger damage will most likely require an expert.
- When buying your canoe, you should take a look at the canoe accessories for sale we have, as quality gear is just as important as the canoe itself. The gear also requires cleaning and maintenance. Life jackets and wetsuits of neoprene material need rinsing and drying naturally after each use. Apply water-resistant lubricant to zippers to keep them working smoothly.
- Rinse out your canoe after each use. Saltwater can corrode, and freshwater bacteria can create unappealing odours. If you use your canoe in both salt and freshwater, a rinse is required to prevent cross-contamination of microorganisms. Use soap and warm water.
- When doing a regular clean, give the hull a thorough inspection, as canoes are subject to a lot of motion. Tighten any loose screws and bolts, replace frayed bungee cords, lubricate metal components, tighten any lines and check the rivets.
- Learn the difference between a surface crack and structural crack – overlooking a minor crack which could cause a lot of damage could lead to something happening when you are on the water.
- Apply a protective wax to the hull to prevent UV damage, making sure the wax or protectant is appropriate for use on the material of the hull. Applying wax is not needed after every use, annually or every six months is sufficient before you put in storage.
- Canoers have to consider transporting canoes too. With the roof rack, it can be attached to the top of your vehicle, and make sure it is fastened securely before driving.
- Storage of your canoe is another aspect to consider if you are investing in a canoe for sale. Good storage when you are not using your canoe will mean your canoe can be used for many years. If you leave a tarp over the canoe, make sure it does not touch the canoe to allow air flow.
- A protected, indoor location is best, away from exposure to cold, damp, wind, rain and UV rays. Before you put it in storage, thoroughly wash the canoe with a mild detergent and scrub. Then, spray water to get rid of sand, silt and mud. Allow it to dry naturally.
- Don’t leave your accessories inside the canoe in storage, as this invites mildew damage. The best option is to lay your gear out flat in a dry space, to let it air dry, then store in a container until the next time you use it.
Have a look at our blog for news and guides about canoeing, kayaking and SUP; we have tips for beginners to the sports and guides to the best places for paddlers! If you want more information about the canoes for sale and other paddling accessories, don’t hesitate to get in touch!