Are Skid Plates Right For Your Canoe?

   When the stems of your canoe shows wear from scraping over shoals and shallows, extend its life by applying Kevlar skid plates. Your Royalex canoe is a vinyl-ABS-foam sandwich; it's time for skids plates when lighter colored ABS material or foam core shows. Exposed fabric on the bow or stern of a Kevlar, fiberglass or high-tech composite hull means it's time. Adding our skid plates will extend the life of your canoe while having a minimal effect on weight and performance.   

Right-Size Canoe Skid Plates

NorthWest canoe offers three canoe skid plate kits. Witch one is right for you?

 Canoe shape condition and hull material vary from canoe to canoe, so why settle for a one size fits all solution when your canoe needs skid plates. 


How much area do you need to cover? A proven boulder basher with a broad entry showing a lot of skin damage requires the largest Kevlar felt we offer. The LiveryTough canoe Skid Plate Kit contains a felt 44-inches long by 7-inches wide, tapering to 2 inches where it meets the waterline. On a Magic, Prism or any other composite solo canoe (fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon fiber) the LiveryTough felt will look like a horse blanket on an Italian Greyhound.


We right-size the felts in the Solo/Composite Skid Plate Kit for fine entry lines of contemporary solo and tandem canoes. The sleek 32 x 3 inch Kevlar felt covers typical wear areas on these fine entry canoes. For a wider nosed Royalex solo or composite tandem, especially one you load up and take canoe-tripping, use our Tandemi/Universal Skid Plate Kit. This is our most poplar Skid Plate Kit, which offers a 38-inch long, 5-inch wide felt.


Resin systems vary too. Epoxy works great on stiff hull materials – wood, gel coat, any resin finish canoe. You get a pint of marine epoxy in our Solo/Composite Skid Plate Kit. Epoxy applied to a more flexible Royalex or polyethylene hull, well it’s a little like fingernail polish on a balloon. A flexy foundation makes the bond less stable, a skid plate more prone to crack or delaminate.


While nail polish on a balloon isn’t a good idea, rubber baby buggy bumpers have held up for generations. Urethane resin cures to the consistency of a no-spark plastic hammer. With elasticity properties similar to Royalex or polyethylene, it makes sense to include this resin system in the Tandem/Universal and LiveryTough kits. The two urethane based kits provide exceptional toughness to any hull material, any canoe. Canoe repair can be easy with our canoe skid plates kits.

Skid plates work for canoes and kayaks.


Skid Plate kits

Tandem / Universal

Universal says it all These skid plates adhere to any hull material: wood strip fiberglass, Kevlar, Royalex even Polyethylene. 

Solo/Composite

 Low profile right-sized felts for the knife-like entry of your fiberglass, Kevlar or carbon composite canoe. 

Livery Tough

Ideal for any hull in need of serious protection, ideal for rental canoes, whitewater boaters and back-country travelers. 

How to Install Kevlar canoe skid plates