Avoiding Damage & Repairs

Slipstream specializes in lightweight watercraft.  The boats are not fragile, however; lightweight composite boats should not be treated with the same disregard as aluminum, Royalex, ABS or other fiberglass/kevlar boats typically weighing 50 - 80 pounds and more.

Approved Entry & Exit*

There are several techniques for safe entry/exit.  Over the years, we’ve learned much from paddlers with issues regarding knees, hips, back, flexibility and more.  Discover methods for entry/exit that create almost no stress on joints and back -- just yell!

Optional removable thwarts (no tools required) have been helpful in providing convenient yet strong and stable bracing points.

Slipstream Watercraft

Discover Ultra-light Paddling

From The Foothills Of

The Adirondack Mountains

In Northern New York


email:  slipstreamwatercraft@gmail.com

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Repair Fee Schedule

If Need Be . . . 
We Can Repair ‘most Anything

All repairs are unique to the nature of the damage and the type of craft.

Repairs to a Wee Lassie 10’6” for example:

    $69 Gunnel replacement (each)

    $275 Replace gunnels, thwart & decks

    $25 Minor hull repairs, holes


Call or send a photo for major repairs

        and we’ll give a firm estimate.

All Sales & Repairs Are

By Appointment Only

Slipstream uses the highest quality

epoxy vinylester

resins and pigments

with superior UV

inhibitors.  It is still a good practice to store

your canoe under

cover to minimize UV damage.

Regular waxing will minimize scratching (and tend to cover scratches that

already exist).  

Wax also adds additional UV protection and will keep your boat looking new.

Solutions For Those Who Have Difficulty Getting In And Out

Ask About:  Modified Seat Height

Removable Thwart For Added Support

Hung Style Seats

Let us know about your entry/exit concerns -- we’ll modify outfitting

to accommodate your needs.

And there’s yet another option . . . simply have someone get their feet wet and lift you out of the boat!

The best practice when getting in or out of the canoe is to be sure the boat is floating.  Be especially careful to avoid placing the boat on a sharp rock and then stepping into the boat which forces the rock to compress the hull.

Tie Down Concerns

Some paddlers have damaged their boat during the tie-down process.  Remember to take steps to prevent wind from blowing your boat off the vehicle before it’s securely tied down.  Ultralight boats are vulnerable to flying like kites . . . sometimes off the roof of your car . . . sometimes down the beach and into the lake . . . and sometimes away from shore at the most inconvenient of times.

Bridging your canoe can lead to  an oops . . . and it may damage your boat.  Much wiser to have wet feet than wet head!  Slide/walk boat over dams, boulders and other obstacles.

However, a breach or chute with adequate depth changes everything . . . go for it!

And another thing . . .

We Repair All Brands Of Canoes And Kayaks

Awkward For The First Couple Of Times

Available This Spring

Entry / Exit