WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A CANOE RESTORATION?

Every restoration project is different, and the scope of work depends upon the condition of the canoe and the client's desires and budget.  We start each project with a thorough assessment of a boat's condition and provide an estimate for the total cost of restoration before beginning work.


A typical restoration project takes place over the fall and winter months so that your boat is ready to get out on the water the following year.


Below is a general outline of the canoe restoration process.

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PROCESS

Typical stages of a restoration project

ASSESSMENT

Visual inspection of the canoe to create an estimate for necessary repairs

PREPARATION

Disassembly and removal of old canvas and damaged parts, stripping of finishes, removal of hardware

WOOD RESTORATION

Replacement or repair of all damaged and rotten wooden parts, including ribs, planking, stems, decks, seats, thwarts, rails, and re-caning of seats if necessary

RECANVASSING

Installation of a new mildew-resistant filled canvas outer shell

REFINISHING

Application of new varnish to interior and new paint over exterior canvas

FINAL ASSEMBLY

Re-installation of all components and hardware

 

COST AND TIMELINE

The cost of a canoe restoration varies quite a bit and depends on the model and condition of your boat.  A typical canoe restoration project, as described above, usually falls in the range of $3000-5000.  We can also do recanvassing or minor repairs for boats that do not need a full restoration.

Once your boat arrives at the shop, a thorough assessment is done and we will provide a quote before starting work.  A ballpark estimate can be provided ahead of time if you send us photos and information about your canoe.

Each restoration takes several months to complete.  Due to the seasonal nature of paddling, the boat shop work also follows a seasonal rhythm.  Each fall we take in a new batch of restoration projects to be completed over the winter and then picked up the following year.

Please note we are currently at capacity with a two year waiting list and are not able to accept new projects at this time.  Contact us if you would like to be notified when we reopen the waiting list.