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How to Select a Canoe

canoeing on lakeBefore World War II, wood and canvas canoes were the only type available. In the years since, many other canoe materials have been developed, but some people still prefer these quiet, responsive canoes over any other. Wood/canvas canoes are fragile compared to modern materials and require proper maintenance and storage to prevent moisture absorption and deterioration.   

Most owners of these canoes treat them with great care and only allow their use on calm water. Wood strip canoes, also called "strippers," are constructed by bending strips of wood and gluing the strips together. After gluing, the surface is covered with fiberglass. Damage to wood strip canoes may be difficult to repair, as well as expensive.   more...


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