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Fiberglass Canoe Repair (7 Easy Steps To Follow For Complete Restoration)

Fact Checked By James A Rockey | Post Updated On: October 2, 2020

This step-by-step guide will help you in many ways to fix your canoe.

Fiberglass canoes are highly durable. They can be durable and can consume numerous damage whether the frame has been accidentally blemished while in use, or it is simply faced wear and tear. If your fiberglass canoe has supported you a lot, then it can be productive to know how to fix it.

Repairing fiberglass canoe can cost less if you are doing it on your own rather than professionals do it for you. And it is also beneficial for you if you know how to fix fiberglass canoe, as you can buy an old one and make it look like brand new.

Fiberglass Repair Kits (List of Necessary Tools)

Before going for the repairing and restoration process; lets manage all the tools mentioned below because – you will need each one of them while you are working on your Canoe.

Here you go – 

  • Different type of Screwdrivers and Wrenches. 
  • Duct tape or Gorilla Tape
  • Gunwale and Thwart Repair
  • 3/16″ bolts of different lengths. 
  • 3/8″ Wrench and Phillip Screwdrivers. 
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Two-ounce Fiberglass and Fiberglass cloth
  • Paint 
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How To Repair a Fiberglass Canoe? 

Here are a few steps that will help you repair the fiberglass canoe:

Step 1: find the problem

Before you repair anything, you need to know about the problem and confirm all the damaged area of your canoe. If the problem is the hole in the frame of the canoe, cut that area with the help of disc sander to enlarge the hole. This will remove the area around the hole, which may get weakened with the impact. Subside the edges, so it levels the frame.

Step 2: use cardboard to fill it

Now use the cardboard to fill the hole. The cardboard should be bigger than the hole, note that cardboard should be only 2-3 inches (ca. 8 cm) extent than the hole. Then wrap it with plastic wrapper. Make sure you kept the plastic smooth and tight over the cardboard.

Step 3: make your resin

Take a container, mix the resin with the hardener. Stir it gently and make sure that there are no bubbles. Also, keep in mind that it does not last long, as it starts to harden after a few minutes.

Step 4: put resin mixture on fiberglass

Put the resin mixture in the fiberglass cloth that is exactly the size of the hole you are going to cover. Make sure that fiberglass is completely covered.

Step 5: finally repair the damage

Now you have to cover the hole that is on the exterior of the frame with the soaked piece of fiberglass. The hole will not be filled with only one fiberglass cloth; you will need 5-6 layers of fiberglass cloths soaked in the resin mixture.

Step 6: wait for it to dry

Once it is dry, you can remove the cardboard from the frame. You will notice that fiberglass is molded to the correct shape of the frame.

Step 7: Make it look even batter

Once you are done with the steps 6, now you can start smoothening both sides of your boat with the help of sandpaper.

If you are still in doubt about the process; please check this video below (hope that will help you on the go) –

Are you done with the first part? You are half-way (but major stuff is done) through. Let’s watch the second part of canoe fixation in detail.

We hope this guide helps you repair your canoe effectively. As fixing anything by own is more cheerful and exciting.

FAQs about Fiberglass Boat/Canoe Repair

What is the design lifespan of a motorized fiberglass boat?

A Fiberglass canoe can last up to 50 years if the regular maintenance is done properly. Still, the outer part of the fiberglass can be degraded (specially the surface rasins). 

Who is the oldest and famous glass motorboat maker and repairer?

Its undoubtedly Hourston Glascraft. 

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