A SPECIAL WORK-IN-PROGRESS
BOATFIX.CA prides itself on producing quality repairs and upgrades to suit the client's budget. Often is the case where a full refit of the boat is required and a full tear-down takes place. This project tells the story of an aging Langford Nahanni who's shell is so badly sunbleached on the outside it is difficult to discern her original deep plum color.
The ash inner and outer gunwales are rotted to beyond help. Her bow and stern decks are waterlogged and must be replaced. The interior cherry seats and hangers, kneeling thwart, yoke and carry handles are salvageable but will require some serious work to bring them back again.
Follow along this work-in-progress as BOATFIX.CA brings this once beautiful boat back to life.
Removal of all internal wood components, gunwales and decks making ready for full prep and paintwork.
Two coats of marine-grade polyester (polyurethane) for the white and deep red finish we're looking for.
Refinishing the old and grey sunbleached cherry appointments, bringing them back to life.
Stay tuned to this page and watch events unfold as BOATFIX.CA adds the new gunwales and decks followed by populating the cherry interior and finally installing new custom-cut Langford labels to finish her off.
Last winter this Evergreen canoe made an unsuccessful escape from under a cottage porch, down an icy hill and into a tree or two (possibly more). She was a mess to say the least. Come spring the owner hauled her back home and figured she was done for until a little birdie told the owner about BOATFIX.CA and signed up for a free assessment.
On our arrival we were totally astonished at the damage she sustained. The gunwales at the bow had lifted clear away from the hull and bent in three axis, her forward hull was smashed on port, center and starboard, and the forward flotation tank was badly punctured, ripped and delaminated from the hull on her interior. This was clearly going to be a challenge for the BOATFIX.CA team.
Rather than purchasing a new and expensive set of gunwales we opted to springing the twisted metal back to right with the help of some clamping dynamics, working the X, Y, and Z axis individually till they lined up appropriately.
The flotation tank was repaired in time-sensitive stages, allowing the individual areas to cure and harden one-at-a-time.
The forward exterior damages were rebuilt and reinforced to help strengthen what was left of her bow. A Kevlar skid plate was installed at the stem to add rigidity and protection, safeguarding the next solo toboggan run would be less stressful on her and on the trees she connected with.
Now, there's a success story! Good job BOATFIX.CA!
FADE TO GREY
This once beautiful Langford 17'-4" had surely seen better days. This boat had been left to the elements one winter and due to extreme freezing forced trapped moisture to expand, splitting the aluminium gunwale wide open.
The untreated interior cherry woodwork also suffered from UV exposure, becoming sunbleached and grey.
With some tender loving care (and brute elbow grease)
BOATFIX.CA treated her with the best makeover possible, bringing her newly reconditioned wood interior back to the vibrant cherry she once possessed. Her seats were also rebuilt and rewoven with heavy-duty webbing.
To say she looks fine is merely an understatement. This boat is good as new. Her owner has happily reunited with his beautiful canoe once again promising to take better care of her from now on.
SHERWOOD'S DIRTY PAIR
The beautiful Sherwood Inn requested a resurrection of two Evergreen canoes, produced by a company long out of existence (translating to unavailable parts). The two canoes were in very poor shape yet still had many years of useful life after an overhaul and makeover. The client was in awe of the results.
Today the two Evergreen canoes continue their duties, delighting Sherwood's guests on beautiful Lake Joseph, Ontario.
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.
The newly resurrected 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
NICE WORK GUYS!
Rocky Crest Resort & Country Club located on Lake Joseph in MacTier, Ontario had urgent need of rebuilding two of their aging Evergreen canoes. The surface gelcoat finishes had hazed so badly due to long exposures to the sun over the years requiring UV inhibitor coating treatment, bringing the finish back to life. The floatation tanks were split and required rebuilding. The seats, decks and yoke were replaced with BOATFIX.CA's own high-load & wear wood components.
The transformation was a huge success, and also greatly appreciated by the resort's director.
Another happy customer!
A TYPICAL MAKEOVER
Here's a basic refresh to a yellow gold Evergreen canoe. Typical of many older fiberglass canoes, the flotation tanks fail due to splits on the seams and require a simple reinforcement. Also seats, yokes, thwarts decks and carry handles get beat up, dry out and become sunbleached. Seat hangers tend to fatigue and break and require immediate replacement. Hulls also suffer from UV breakdown and become hazed, often well beyond what the original color should be.
Here is an example of a total overhaul and makeover, giving years of use to the owner.
BOATFIX.CA puts your boat back into the water again!
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.
Camp Wenonah, located in Bracebridge, Ontario, has been a regular patron to BOATFIX.CA when repairs to camp canoes and sailing dinghies are required. Many of the canoes we repair for camps have seen better days and therefore undergo some very serious transformations to have them back in service again. Camp Wenonah's number 18 (shown below) gets a workout to bring her back into the water again.
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.
YOU ASKED FOR IT!
Cottage Care Rentals & Property Management loves to treat their customers well. BOATFIX.CA was approached to do a conversion of an older fiberglass canoe to present to the current owner as a gift. As the owner was on holiday (and unbeknownst to them) BOATFIX.CA did major upgrades and repairs to bring this boat back to life including new hand-made wood appointments such as gunwales, decks, seats and yoke. The exterior had a new makeover as well giving the boat a brand new classic look and feel (it may have taken a few pounds off her as well).
Happy customer yet again!
This canoe is literally roadkill.
It was found off the edge of the road in the country and stripped naked of its essential components and having all assortment of plant life growing inside her. She donned a fiberglass shell and some serious holes, road rash and a top-line which was in serious repair. Our staff determined her age was about 50 years and felt she deserved a second chance to be recycled back into use again.
After 2 weeks of intense work the new upgrades were completed and later given to a very happy customer!
This expensive paddleboard had a collision with a dock after being windswept, according to one upset client. The fiberglass took a significant edge-beating and chipout occurred, intruding water into the core. We did our magic by rebuilding the edges, fairing her true, and getting this paddleboard back into the water again.
“BOATFIX.CA repaired some damage and cracks on my paddleboard. BOATFIX.CA did a great job on the repair - in addition to being meticulous and timely, they were courteous and professional. Highly recommended. - D, 2020”