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Old 09-22-2018, 09:51 AM   #1
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Austerlitz, NY
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Wood Gunwales

To paddlers with wood gunwales, I have a question about their durability and replacement.

I have a composite solo canoe with wood gunwales. There is some rot on them at the bow and stern, but in general they are in decent shape and well in place. My question to you is: do you just wear out (while maintaining) the gunwales until they break and then replace them, or do you replace them when a certain amount of rot is found as to not risk having them break in the backcountry? Also, with new wood gunwales on the boat, lets say ash, how long will they last with good maintenance if the boat is usually stored indoors?

I'd appreciate your feedback!

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