Learn how to repair several different types of canoes.
When you’re repairing your canoe, a lot depends on what type of canoe you have. That will determine how you fix it. But regardless of what type of canoe you have, you should never drag a canoe on the ground. This may cause unwanted damage to your possession. You should also only carry canoes while turned upside down. When transporting a canoe, always tie it upside down on a vehicle. Tie it securely so it won’t be caught by the wind and cause damage to it.
· Fiberglass canoes. If your canoe is made out of fiberglass, your canoe is among the sturdiest on the market. In order to repair these types of canoes, cut a rectangular hole in your canoe around the damaged area. File the hole down to a 45 degree angle, facing inward (if your patch will be inward). Create a backing out of cardboard or aluminum and tape it securely. From inside your canoe, gel coat it thoroughly. Cut pieces of fiberglass out in varying sizes and put them in the hole. Remove any air bubbles and sand the outside and inside of your canoe.
· Plastic canoes. If you have a hole in your plastic canoe, you should repair it with a fiberglass patch. But if you have a dent in your plastic canoe, you want to be sure to just leave it in the sun or heat it with a light bulb. Plastic canoes generally mold back into their original shape if exposed to heat.
· Aluminum canoes. If you have an aluminum canoe, you may fix your hull with a simple duct tape patch. That will work just fine for a short time. But if you’re looking to make a permanent repair, you’ll need to fill small holes with caulk and fill large holes with fiberglass cloth and a resin patch. If you have a leak in your aluminum canoe in a spot at which it comes in contact with water, you want to patch that immediately. Do this by using a fiberglass patch. You can knock any dents out of an aluminum canoe by using a jack and a piece of lumber to force the dent back in the correct position.