Tag: <span>Fiberglass</span>

Planking Shims Field Repair

Contrary to popular belief, canvas covered- canoes are rugged beasts. They are built to be used and, to some extent, abused. They are also designed to be “easily” repaired. One of the most frustrating aspects of repairing wood and canvas canoe is dealing with ill conceived and often poorly thought out field repairs, usually involving…


Kevlar® Keel Plate

Historically canoes never had keels. It was only when European boat builders started copying native American boats did keels come into common use. Contrary to popular opinion, the keel adds little or nothing to either the stability or tracking ability of a canoe. Stability is more a function of the bottom shape. A very round…


Fixing the Faber

After dragging the Faber home and getting it up on a set of canoe stands my first step was to remove the outwales and the remaining fabric. Faber used regular (not stainless) staples to attach the fabric under the gunwales and along the stems. Forty plus years later they were a mess. It took me…


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