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BRINGING HOME THE FLEET
BOATFIX.CA prides itself on the boat maintenance programs available for camps, schools, resorts and associations. We're driven to provide the best possible care to your watercraft fleet. Operating year-round, we accommodate your high season with our mobile, on-site repair program or off-season where we bring the fleet home for the winter and prepare them for the busy season ahead.
THE CEDAR CHALLENGE
BOATFIX.CA pulls out all the stops! According to Muskoka's Sherwood Inn Resort, this 1991 Cherokee soloist cedar strip canoe was the centerpiece of their special events, and is only brought out for special occasions. The unfortunate problem with this cedar strip canoe is the aging, cracking and delamination of the glass cloth to the cedar due to excessive weathering and being left in the harsh sun.
To correct this the boat will require the outer glass skin removed and to re-apply new glass cloth and resin, a daunting task for any boat repair specialist.
The newly restored boat was delivered to the client in the spring of 2019 and was accepted with great thanks for a seemingly impossible task.
LIBRA TANDEM KAYAK REBUILD
I really enjoy wilderness camping and trekking long, lonely river passages with my partner and our Current Designs LIBRA XT tandem kayak.
After returning to Ontario from a long trek on the Columbia River, BC, I really noticed the wear and tear it received over the past 25 years and decided to give her a full refit. I read about BOATFIX.CA in a kayaking magazine article and immediately contacted them for more information. I really felt great trust in them and the quote they offered to rebuild our yak was more than reasonable, so they proceeded to the task at hand.
Two weeks later the LIBRA was complete. She received all new paint, new combing and hatch upgrades, revised deck rigging, rudder hardware, seats and backs, even the graphics were new and improved upon. This boat looked brand new again!
The people at BOATFIX.CA should be commended for this amazing craft. My partner and I can't thank them enough for such a beautiful work of art. Simply amazing!
Kimberly Y., Toronto, Ont.
TOO MANY HOLES & CRACKS
Yes! Way too many holes and cracks for this poor old canoe to stay afloat. 28 holes to be precise. When seeing the photos before it came to BOATFIX.CA we felt another nightmare on its way.
Rachel picked this canoe up for a song and realized why after getting it into the water for the first time. Checking her options of turning her hard earned money into a planter or having it repaired she came to see BOATFIX.CA .
This fiberglass canoe is a testament to worn-out boats, at least that we've ever seen. There comes a time when you have to decide when her time is up. Is it worth the repair? Can I get something newer for the price of the repair? And perhaps there is an attachment to your boat, and you just can't let go.
Now we may not be miracle workers by any stretch, but managed to resurrect this 60 year old from the landfill site with a lot of elbow grease and sweat. A budget was given to work with, which we happily did, and then threw in a couple of 'extras' giving the value-added component to top it off.
We think Rachel's eyes fell out after reuniting with her boat and sent her on her way with some words of caution. The boat is old. Her bones are weak, but if you treat her nice and gentle you'll get some good mileage out of her.
Another happy customer
Camp Kirk's canoe fleet was in poor shape this summer.
Many of our canoes were out of commission due to damage, and the others were in precarious shape due to lack of proper care and maintenance over the years. It has been a struggle to find a company who can provide timely and good quality service however meeting BOATFIX.CA was a true blessing.
They came to our property and did a thorough assessment and provided us with a very realistic and affordable maintenance plan. When the canoes were returned to us, it was evident that a great deal of energy and care went into each and every boat. After the canoes were delivered to us they presented a thorough service report and offered tips to keep the fleet in optimal shape and moving forward.
BOATFIX.CA went above and beyond, providing professional care to our fleet. We hope to continue our partnership with BOATFIX.CA to ensure our canoes stay in tip top shape!
E. Coutts, Director-Camp Kirk, Kirkfield, Ont.