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Replace vinyl gunwales on canoe

Need to replace vinyl gunwales on my canoe where can I purchase replacements

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Usually from the manufacturer, but ask at local dealers or canoe-repair shops and they may know of sources of the correct thing for your boat, or at least a workable substitute.

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