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ABS, or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, has earned a reputation among canoeists for near indestructibility. It is one of the most damage-resistant canoe materials in use today. Badly dented hulls, even those that have literally been bent around a rock, have been restored to their original shape, without cracks or leaks, by the application of heat. Canoeists have dubbed ABS craft "rubber boats" and with good reason. Since the material tends to flex slightly, it is forgiving, tending to slide over rocks, or bounce off them, with little more than a surface scratch. Some of its limitations are marginal buoyancy - it will float when capsized but just barely, so don't expect to climb into a swamped ABS canoe to await rescue, or to hand-paddle it ashore. Also, when wet, the floor of an ABS canoe is slippery, which can prove troublesome in rapids. ABS canoes require little maintenance and can be left outdoors all year - although ones with wooden gunwales and peaks should be propped to avoid ground moisture. ABS canoes also require special epoxy resins for repairs.

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I have heard that ABS will no longer be manufactured in sheets for canoe building. Too bad, I have two and they are tough boats.

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In my experience, cracks in ABS boats are irreparable. Cracks bonded with a specialized epoxy open back up after some inevitable flexing during use. I have seen some successful, but ugly, repairs done by "sewing-in" a patch.

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We would like to know if anybody knows how to fix spiderweb cracks and cracks in the outside shell on the bottom of our canoe?


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How to repair an open split in a royalex canoe


key the surface using sandpaper to make it rough, and apply a fibreglass matting repair. They are available in kit form from canoe outfitters, often sold a kicker plates.

The application is very simple, just follow the kit instructions.Be aware though that the boat has to be perfectly dry before you start. (leave it indoors for a couple of days first) I often use a hairdryer on the surrounding area for a few minutes beforehand to ensure no moisture is present. Be careful not to get the area too hot though, you don't want to melt your boat!

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Canoe has damage on the front bow.


Bondo would probably work.

Also, you could laminate a few pieces of something like vinyl siding/facia board over the hole. If the canoe is ABS, the vinyl siding cold be "welded" / fused to the ABS with PVC primer & solvent/cement.

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30 yr old ABS Madriver like a new coat of paint


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Well-made aluminum canoes are rugged and most dents can be punched out. They are the ultimate no-maintenance canoe. Even when left outdoors all year, neither rain nor snow affects them and they will not take on weight with age. They are rigged with flotation air tanks or foam compartments to render them unsinkable. On the downside, aluminum canoes are noisy, tend to cling to (rather than glide over) rocks, and conduct heat and cold. Most aluminum canoes carry their beam well forward and aft so that they push rather than cut through the water. This hull design, however, makes them initially more stable and increases their carrying capacity.

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For fishing, a canoe with extra stability will increase your enjoyment as well as your safety, so a wider canoe, one that is 36" or wider with a flat bottom (versus a V bottom) is a good choice.

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