1. What are your boats made of?

Our boats are crafted from the finest selection of Western red cedar, yellow cedar, mahogany, and other premium-grade lumber. To enhance their durability and longevity, each boat undergoes a meticulous coating process both inside and out, using high-quality American-made fiberglass and epoxy resin.

2. You mentioned that you use fiberglass in your boats, so what is the difference between your boats and fiberglass boats?

We only use 1 or 2 clear thin layers of fiberglass coating on top of the wood for reinforcement and added integrity. You never see any fiberglass, only beautiful, hand joined wood planks.

3. What is a typical cedar strip canoe or kayak weight?

A 15’ kayak weighs approximately 45lbs, making it very easy for one person to carry. A 16’ canoe weighs about 48lbs.

4. What type of boats do you build?

Our wooden strip canoes and kayaks are highly sought-after for touring and recreational activities. In addition to these, we specialize in crafting wooden dinghies, sailboats, classic runabouts, and speedboats. Furthermore, we offer bespoke services, allowing us to create custom designs based on your specifications.

5. What method do you use to build your boats?

Employing a method that seamlessly blends traditional craftsmanship with modern design principles, we handcraft all our boats. Each vessel is meticulously constructed by skilled artisans, a process that typically spans hundreds of man-hours to ensure precision and quality craftsmanship throughout.

6. How do I order?

You can order directly on our web site or please contact us at (877) 88 boats for more information.

7. How long does it take to order?

We maintain a comprehensive stock of our boats, ready for prompt shipment within a week. However, for new designs or custom-made products, please anticipate a longer lead time of 2-3 months. This extended duration is necessary as every item we offer is meticulously handcrafted to ensure the highest quality standards.

8. How do you ship it?

We can ship via trucking company very safely. We also insure all freight so in the very rare case that a shipment is damaged during transit, we will take care of the details and immediately replace the item for you.

9. How to become a distributor of your products?

We welcome qualified dealers and distributors all over the world. Please contact us today at: (877) 88 boats or email us: info@woodenboatusa.com for more information.

10. Owner Care

With a little bit of care and maintenance, your beautiful boats can last for generations. While our products are certainly durable and solid, they still require the right type of care and handling to ensure that they perform optimally.

* It is recommended that you rinse your boat off with fresh clean water after every use.

* Upon returning from the trip, allow your boat to air-dry in the shade

11. Storage:

* Ensuring proper storage is crucial for maintaining the appearance and integrity of your boat, in addition to regular care and maintenance.

* Provide shade for your wooden boat during storage to prevent excessive exposure to sunlight.

* For small crafts like canoes or kayaks, consider turning them upside down on supports to elevate them off the ground and allow water to drain off easily.

* Hanging small boats from the rafters in your garage or workshop can offer an ideal storage solution, keeping them safe and out of the way.

If leaving your boat at the dock is unavoidable, take precautions to protect it:

* Cover the boat as thoroughly as possible to shield it from the elements.

* Periodically lift the boat out of the water to remove any organic matter adhering to the hull, as these can potentially damage it over time.

* Consider applying bottom paint annually to provide additional protection and prolong the life of your boat.

12. Repair:

For minor scratches, you can easily perform repairs using marine spar varnish or a reputable brand of automobile wax. Here’s how:

* Smooth the damaged area gently with sandpaper to even out the surface.

* Wipe the area clean to remove any dust or debris.

* Apply marine spar varnish or automobile wax to the repaired area, following the product’s instructions carefully for best results

13. Safety:

Wooden Boat USA strongly advocates for the use of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) whenever engaging in boating activities.