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Congratulations on your choice of a Merrimack Canoe! You’ve selected a limited edition, hand-crafted canoe that will last a lifetime with minimal care. Our highly skilled craftsmen have taken a great amount of time to assure that the canoe you have purchased is of the highest quality. Each canoe is signed and numbered inside the hull near the center of the boat, and has a unique Hull Identification Number (HIN) assigned to it. This number is engraved at the stern, on the starboard side. Additionally, the HIN is also engraved in a concealed location elsewhere on the boat. Here are a few recommendations for keeping your Merrimack canoe in good canoeing condition: Much of the wear and tear on canoe hulls happens during "put-in" and "take-out". Your Merrimack (or any canoe, for that matter!) will stay in top shape if you can make that transition from "air" to "water", minimizing contact with the shoreline. The best way to enter a canoe is with it already floating in the water. We realize this is not always practical, but it should be your goal if it can be done in a safe manner. Loading up your canoe with gear or people then dragging it into the water is almost always a bad idea. You don't have to baby your Merrimack - and we hope you won't worry about every scratch - just use common sense and you will enjoy many, many years with your fine canoe! When you are finished canoeing , flip your canoe over and completely drain out any water that has accumulated. Do not leave standing water in the bottom of your canoe! If possible, store your canoe indoors in a garage, carport, or basement, out of the weather. If you must store it outdoors, make sure it is out of direct sunlight, and at least two feet off the ground. Upside down, with the gunwales resting on sawhorses, spaced about six feet apart, is a fine way to store your canoe. The gunwales, thwarts, yoke and seats should be treated every so often with a marine grade oil. We use Watco Teak Oil at the shop, but any similar marine deck oil will work. No sanding or stripping is necessary, but the wood should be clean and dry before applying oil. For an ultra-smooth finish on your wood surfaces, sand the wood with #400 grit wet/dry sandpaper while it is still wet with the oil. Wipe completely with a clean dry rag when finished sanding. Waxing the hull with a good car or boat wax will help protect it from harmful UV rays. Wax once a year, or as necessary. As your canoe is subject to water and weather changes, the expansion and contraction may cause screws and bolts to become loose. Check all hardware a couple of times a year and tighten as needed. This will prevent slippage and misalignment of the gunwales. We do not advocate the use of your new canoe in whitewater. It is meant for lakes and non-technical rivers only. Any damage suffered as a result of whitewater use will void your warranty. Take photographs of the bow and stern deck area, showing the wood grain pattern “fingerprint” of your canoe. Write your HIN on the back of the photo and keep in case of theft or loss of your canoe. Don’t forget to fill out and return the warranty card, and to keep your MSO and sales receipt in a safe place. The most important tip we can offer is to enjoy your new Merrimack at every opportunity! We’ve worked hard to build you a beautiful canoe, but please don’t forget to get it in the water and enjoy the pure fun of paddling a Merrimack!