Canoe Storage Tips

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Canoe Storage


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Storing your canoe correctly can add years to its life. The keys to proper storage? Protecting your canoe from the sun, the weather, theft and hull damage. The longer you store your craft, the more important proper storage techniques become.Protecting against the sun

Sunlight can degrade just about any canoe hull material, from fiberglass to plastic to epoxy-coated wood. It can also damage wood gunnels and deck plates, as well as cause painted surfaces to fade or crack. The best way to protect against sun damage is to store your boat inside. When that ís not possible, be sure to store your boat in a shaded spot. If a shaded spot is hard to come by, protect your canoe under a tarp or cover of some kind. Make sure the tarp is tough and weather-resistant, and rig it so itís suspended above the hull (contact with the hull may encourage mold or fungal growth in wet conditions). Angle the tarp so that rain water and/or snow can run off to one side. Also make sure your entire canoe is covered no matter where the sun is in the sky. Protecting against the weather Prolonged exposure to weather can cause some hull materials to oxidize and/or degrade. Storing your canoe indoors will protect it from most weather-related threats (with the exception of extreme cold—see below). But if you store your boat outside, make sure your protective shade tarp also protects your canoe from precipitation. Also be sure that rain and/or snow canít collect in the tarp and press down on your canoe hull. Prolonged exposure to cold will not harm most fiberglass, coated wood or plastic canoes. But if you store your boat outside (or in an unheated building), be aware that repeated freezing and thawing can cause damage if water has seeped into seams, joints or cracks in your hull (it will expand and contract as it freezes and melts). To avoid such problems, inspect your boat carefully for signs of damage prior to storage, then repair as necessary. Extreme cold and/or weather can also damage wood gunnels and deck plates. Be sure to maintain all the wood pieces on your canoe as recommended by the manufacturer. Protecting against theft The best way to protect your canoe against theft is to store it inside. If you store your boat outdoors, keep it hidden from view as much as possible and position it so that itís difficult for a thief to grab it quickly and run. In high crime areas, thread a durable security cable through a sturdy part of the boat (like a thwart or carry handle), and connect it to a post, fence or building. This step wonít stop every thief, but it will deter some. Protecting against hull damage The key to avoiding hull damage is to spread out the weight of the canoe evenly over its entire length whenever you store it. This means supporting the boat at several points along its length, using padded cradles, angled surfaces and/or wide, nylon straps that match the curve of the hull. Practices to avoid include: Storing your canoe upside down on the ground (too harsh on your gunnels) Supporting your canoe from its ends only Standing it up on one end Hanging it from its handles or thwarts Laying it down on its side on a flat surface for long periods of time Also keep in mind that excessive heat can lead to hull distortion in some cases. Avoid storing your canoe near any significant heat source like a furnace or a water heater. Also inspect all wooden gunnels and deck plates, and repair and oil when necessary. Failure to do so may cause these pieces to dry out, crack, warp or weather during storage. Tighten all fasteners and hardware periodically.