Winter Canoe Repair Program Begins

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Winter Canoe Repair Program Begins

Canoe guy Tyler here.  We are going to start a winter canoe repair program this year, and we want to let you know first. Canoes will be slotted into a schedule based on one-month repair windows.  We ask that interested parties reach out to us by phone 1-800-223-6565 (ask for Tyler or Tom), so that we can discuss the repair and determine a suitable date for you to bring your canoe to us. Once we have taken possession of the canoe, we will hold onto your canoe for 30 days without any storage or handling fee, after which time we will charge a storage fee of $50 per month until the canoe is picked up.

If we had unlimited storage space, we would hold everybody’s canoe until the Spring, alas we have a limited capacity.  For small jobs we may be able to complete a repair while you are in town for at least two days, but this will be based on availability and our determination as to the scale of the repair. Below you will find some details about pricing.

Labor Rate = $95/hour

General Pricing Guidelines:

Small to medium patch = 30 minutes to 1 hour + materials

Large patch = 1 to 2 hours + materials

Divot = 30 min to 1 hour + materials

Refinish (no patches, below the waterline) = 2 to 3 hours + Recoat kit ($75) & materials

External skid plate install (heavy) = 2 hours + Skid plate kit ($90) & materials

External skid plate install (light) = 2 hours + materials

Gunnel straightening = 30 to 1 hour

Yoke replacement = 1 hour + price of yoke

Seat replacement = 1 hour + price of seat

Gunnel replacement (gunwales for some canoe models are currently unavailable) = 2-3 hours + replacement gunwales and rivets

Time estimates are based on averages from my personal experience while working on our rental fleet. There are instances when a repair presents unique challenges, which will cause it to take more time than is typical, and other times when a repair is a breeze, and we will take less time than expected. The guidelines listed above are based on an average repair that goes smoothly. These are provided for your convenience when determining whether this service is right for you but are not to be relied on as a set-in-stone prices.

We are pretty good at determining the amount of time a repair will take, over the phone, with photos emailed to us, but we always tell people that we need to see the canoe in-person to provide the best estimate. This is especially relevant for large repairs, such as a canoe refinish, where the condition of the canoe (ie: age, previous patching or varnish application, etc.) dictates how long the process will take. I have managed the maintenance and repair of our rental fleet for two seasons, so I bring a good deal of experience to the table, and you can rest assured that your repairs will be done correctly, with attention to detail, and in a time-efficient manner.

Regarding “materials”, as cited in the pricing guidelines, most repairs require additional materials that amount to less than $20.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for your interest and time!  It never hurts to call us and ask any questions you may have about the process.  If you decide not to take us up on our repair estimate, it will never hurt our feelings and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please do not bring any canoes up without speaking to Tom or myself first, to determine reservation and space availability.  Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon.

Tyler Suter



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