Canoeing is my favorite pastime since I moved to Charlotte. North Carolina is home to magnificent lakes and rivers. I have two canoes and use them alternately. But not everyone has the luxury of having more than one canoe, so it is best to know how to take care of the only one you’ve got.
Canoes are made from many materials such as fiberglass, aluminum, polyethylene, cedar strips, and birch wood. While many people use fiberglass, I prefer the wooden one. It actually depends on your preference. The skill and enjoyment derived from canoeing will be the same regardless of the material used.
Remember the following tips to care for your canoe:
Never store your canoe when it is wet. It is a big no-no. Turn your boat upside down and prop it up to keep it off the ground. You can use tarp or canoe cover to protect it from direct sunlight and rain. Just make sure that you give an allowance for the air to circulate.
A friend made a mistake in storing his canoe in haste. It resulted to molds on the canoe and inside the storage room. It is extremely dangerous to inhale molds, so he needed the help of pest control to sanitize his storage. Good thing, it was easy to contact the pest control company. A quick visit to the pest control’s website solved his problem. Unfortunately, the canoe could not be used anymore.
Also, remember never to store your boat on its side to prevent the gunwales from warping.
Check your boat before using it. Make sure that it is in good condition. After each canoe trip, check your boat for damage. Scratches are fine, but serious cracks and holes need to be addressed immediately to avoid further damage.
Clean your canoe with running water after every use. You should apply wax at least once a year to protect your canoe and keep it shiny. You also need to apply sprays protectant at least thrice a year to protect your canoe from UV rays.
The trip to the lake is manageable using your cars where you can safely carry your canoe. However, moving it from your vehicle to the water needs serious planning because as we know, the road that leads to the water is not paved and sometimes could be slippery and narrow. Although a fit person could carry a canoe with no problem, do not be hesitant to seek help to ensure that you and your boat gets to the water in one piece.
Don’t forget the paddles
Your canoe cannot go places without your trusty paddles. Put them in a bag and store near the canoe, so you will not forget to take them with you. Make sure to clean them after use and check for any damage.
You shouldn’t use your paddle to pry rocks and push your canoe. Exercise care whenever you use your paddle around rocks and sand to prevent damage. You can sand off slight damage.
Canoeing is truly a fun adventure. I would like to recommend going to Charlotte on your next canoeing trip. You will never run out of options here.