Intro: Sportspal Canoe/mods
This instructable is just to show our canoe and what we have done to it. First off our canoe is a12ft Sportspal; it is quite old but still in perfect condition. All we have done to it is made new seats (the old ones were for rowing) and added an anchor. Our anchor is a 3lb folding anchor with about 50ft of line. It works perfectly for this size canoe. The seats we made are 3/4 inch plywood with brackets on either end of the seat. The brackets bolt to the reinforced gunnels on both sides of the canoe (see picture 7). The pads on the seats are foam play mats that we cut and glued to the wood. The glue we used was pl 300 foamboard adhesive. The seats are very comfortable and at the perfect height for paddling. The canoe itself is extremely stable and it does not leak at all. Sportspal canoes are all one piece aircraft aluminum with a foam lined inside. They also have foam floats on either side so you can't tip. Their website says that you can fill them with water and they won't sink. You can row or paddle them and even better they are rigged for a sail. They are really good and only 35 pounds. Thanks for reading. Comments are welcome.