Hull Repairs for Your Boat

Hull repairHull damage on a canoe or kayak can appear several different ways. For example, if your canoe is a clear laminate canoe, meaning that you can see the kevlar on the inside of the boat, You may notice stress cracks in an area where the gelcoat may also be damaged. If you push on the area with your fingers and it feels softer than the immediate surrounding area, you have laminate damage and require a hull patch, and possibly a gelcoat repair. The same goes for canoes with colored gelcoat, the only difference is that you have to look for gelcoat cracks first. Then inspect the damaged area by feeling for soft spots with your fingers.

Laminate/Composite Repairs

Laminate repairs are required when the hull or deck of your boat appears cracked or fractured.  Or has become delaminated and soft.  This type of damage can be found on the interior or exterior of your boat’s hull or deck.

Plastic Repairs

Polyethylene welding is now available to repair cracks, splits or holes in plastic canoes, kayaks or stand up paddle boards.

Free Quotes

If you bring your boat in for a free quote, we will determine what type of repair your canoe or kayak needs, and discuss options with you before going ahead with any work.  We are equipped to repair your boat with whatever material is required to do the job properly. Including Kevlar, fiberglass, carbon fiber, epoxy, vinyl ester or polyester resin.  Using a variety of techniques from vacuum bagging to  resin infusion and hand lamination.

Hull Repair Price & Time

The cost to repair hull damage on a canoe or kayak is impossible to determine without seeing the boat first hand. So please bring your boat in so we can assess the damage and provide you with a free quote.

If you have an aluminum canoe that leaks, you will need to find someone in your area that welds aluminum.  We do not do this at our shop. However, if your aluminum canoe needs any trim repairs, ie; seat replacements, missing rivets, yoke or thwart replacement etc. we will be happy to help with this.

At Johnny’s Boat Shop, you will always receive professional repair and service. With over 20 years of experience building and repairing canoes and kayaks, you can rest assured, your boat is in good hands and our work is always guaranteed.


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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 of your canoe.  Do it yourself or let us do it professionally for you.