Skid plates for canoe
Posted by: old_user on Mar-23-13 3:25 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I just bought an older royalex canoe and both ends are worn. The bow is worn worse and there is one small spot where it's worn through and the foam is showing.
Is there a DIY fix or do I have to drop $100 on a skid plate kit???
Thanks for any help
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Posted by: old_user on Mar-23-13 4:32 PM (EST)
cost depends on size needed. I coated/fixed both ends of an Ocoee for about $25
Posted by: pblanc on Mar-23-13 4:38 PM (EST)
You can buy a kit from NRS or Jamestown Distributors that contains 4 oz of G Flex epoxy resin and 4 oz of hardener, along with some colloidal silica powder, stirring/application spatulas, dental syringes and what not for about $25. If you can beg, borrow or steal a little fiberglass cloth to go with it (or at worst buy a yard of it) you will have enough to do the repair.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Mar-23-13 4:57 PM (EST)
I tried a recommendation by g2d who posts here often. It worked way better (protects well enough while not being an unsightly heap on the bow and stern) than kevlar skid plates. Just a strip of s-glass set in epoxy (or two if you want to go crazy). Paint it to protect the epoxy from UV.
Or even E-glass, but the first coupla|
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-23-13 6:04 PM (EST)
layers have to be bias cut, so the fibers are at 45 degrees to the axis of the boat. That way the cloth will adjust to the convexity of the boat ends. Largest patch first, then concentrically on down to the smallest.
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Posted by: old_user on Mar-23-13 7:21 PM (EST)
Just the bow end is worn through the ABS, the foam is showing about the size of my finger tip.
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Posted by: dougd on Mar-24-13 6:48 AM (EST)
I used dynel cloth though and a mix of G-flex and resin. It is rugged as hell. Sent you an email with a link.
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Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-24-13 7:23 AM (EST)
one thing I have done is to add some dye of the same color as the hull to the epoxy. This worked very well for me and I have a rugged but unobtrusive skid plate made in the manner described above that has lasted 20 years.