Trim Replacement for Your Canoe

Trim RepairWooden trim on a canoe is beautiful, help keep it that way with our annual maintenance package.  If the time comes that it needs repairing or replacing we’re there to help too.  The trim on your canoe is a very important part of its structural integrity. Without it, your canoe would simply fold in half.

If your canoe has older wood gunwales, and they are starting to fail, you could be setting yourself up for a canoe trip disaster! The inwales can break out at the yoke while portaging causing injury to both you and the boat. If the inwale breaks out at one of your seat hangers, you could be in for an unexpected swim as your weight suddenly shifts and one side of your seat hits the bottom of your canoe.

That’s why its so important for you to maintain your wood trim. Through regular maintenance, we are able to inspect and monitor the condition of your gunwales.

If you see a gap developing between the inner and outer gunwale, try tightening the screws a quarter turn with a screw driver. If the screw keeps turning you should consider bringing your boat in for us to inspect. We can tell you if you are due for new gunwales, and discuss your options with you. Remember, the inspection and quote are always free at Johnny’s Boat Shop.



Options for Wooden Trim Repair

When your wooden trim needs replacing on your canoe there’s a few options to consider.

Trim Option 1

Replace with Wood Gunwales

Replace with Wood Gunwales

We can replace your old wood gunwales with new wood gunwales. Using Ash, Cherry or a combination of both. (cherry is not always available) We always use cherry for the decks, its the gunwale length cherry that is sometimes hard to find.

Trim Option 2

Replace with Aluminum Gunwales

Replace with Aluminum Gunwales

We can install aluminum gunwales. This is a maintenance free option that is available in a few different profiles and colours.  Please call or fill out our contact form, and we can discuss your options and pricing for each.

Trim Option 3

Replace with Vinyl Gunwales

Replace with Vinyl Gunwales

Vinyl gunwales are available for Royalex (ABS) canoes and composite (fiber glass, Kevlar or carbon) canoes.  They provide a durable option to wood or aluminum. Please call or fill out our contact form, and we can discuss your options and pricing for each.

Trim Repair Price & Time

Prices and turnaround times vary considerably for the above mentioned trim options. If you think it may be time to do something about the condition of your canoe, please give us a call and we can make some plans to do an inspection and provide you with a free quote for the work required.

We take great pride in our work and will always strive to make your canoe look and function like new again when we install any of the above listed trim options.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Badger Wood Hemp OilSome Related Products from our Online Store

Johnny’s Boat Shop not only services your canoe, providing professional repairs and maintenance at our Huntsville shop, but we also sell many of the products we use in our repair and maintenance service, like Badger Wood Oil to maintain and keep your wooden trim and parts looking like new longer.

BADGER Wood Oil is not only food safe but is easy clean up too – just use soap and water!  And, the best news of all – our 100% All Natural BADGER® Wood Oil is available for purchase in 250 mL tins