By adopting the following practices, you will ensure your OC1 or OC2 is always in great condition and performing to it’s fullest potential. You will also have a canoe that will last longer, look better and (when the time comes to upgrade) will have a greater resale value.
- • Please note. A blocked breather tube can cause damage to your canoe as the air inside your canoe expands and contacts with changes in temperature.
• Always remove the bung after use or when the canoe is sitting in the sun.
• Wash the canoe down with fresh water after each use. Once a month remove the rudder cover and flush the area with fresh water also.
• Keep out of direct sunlight wherever possible.
• At regattas store the canoe in the shade if possible. On windy days secure the canoe down or lay it into the prevailing wind.
• Should you hole or damage your canoe wash it out with fresh water immediately and contact us to talk about repair options. We have specialist repairers on the team who will ensure you get a professional repair and are back on the water as quickly as possible.
• When transporting your canoe we suggest flat tie downs (or straps) as opposed to rope.
• Once a month after washing down we recommend a quick spray of all moving parts with “Easy Glide” or some such product eg. WD40.
• Give your canoe a polish every 12 months with a marine grade fibreglass polish. This will protect your canoe and maintain it’s racing performance.
Please Remember that today’s OC1 and OC2 canoes are hi-tech racing equipment designed for high performance in the open ocean. They were not built to with stand the pounding given out in the surf or shore breaks.
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