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H2O Canoe Company: Construction Lay-up Options

The H2O Canoe Company manufactures an incredible line of innovative and stunningly beautiful canoes that has grown over the years. Their premium canoes are competitively priced and constructed with the most modern technology and build processes. By combining dry infused manufacturing with high quality Vinylester and Epoxy resins, H2O’s canoes are stronger and lighter than those made using the common vacuum bagging technique with Polyester resin.

For the 2017 season, H2O has simplified their offerings by breaking down the options into four distinct categories. Within each category canoeists are offered unique layups choices to suit their individual needs. From robust cottage boats or ultralight tripping canoes, H2O Canoe Company has an option for all types of paddlers!

 To complete the package, Frontenac Outfitters adds a few extra goodies free to sweeten the deal!

Epoxy Pro Series

H2O’s Epoxy Pro Series are the industry’s leading layups for advanced, ultralight tripping and easily considered the lightest, toughest canoes on the planet!

Two choices are available within the Epoxy Pro Series and are separated by the need for either light and stiff or light and strong. Canoes within this category are built using epoxy resin, dry infusion, and H2O’s innovative Integrated Composite Gunwale (ICG). The exterior of the boat is a complete clear coat epoxy, which is up to eight pounds lighter than that with a full gel-coated finish.

Innegra / Basalt – MSRP $3595 / Avg. Weight: 39 lbs

Out of the two layups in the Epoxy Pro Series, the Innegra / Basalt is confidently the strongest, lightweight canoe available in the world! Its unique combination of cutting-edge fabrics makes this layup one of Frontenac Outfitters’ personal favourites! Not-to-mention, our region’s rocky shorelines, Canadian Shield landscapes, and demanding portage trails dictate the need for a super tough, super light canoe.

The Innegra/Basalt layup is an ideal choice for paddlers who thrive on back-country camping with long portages, areas abundant with rock, or lakes with natural & overgrown launch points. Also a great option for those who like to put their gear ‘to the test!’

Here’s what’s included during construction:H2O Canoe Company

  • Exterior & interior layer of Innegra / Basalt for abrasion resistance & easy repair with a sandwiched layer of Kevlar to further improve impact resistance
  • Structural bilge & free-board reinforcement with rigid closed cell foam core & ribs
  • UV repellent proprietary clear-coating on exterior that sheds up to eight pounds in weight
  • Lightweight, UV resistant interior coating over natural fabric
  • High impact resistant & flexible post cured epoxy resin
  • Processed under dry infusion to consistently provide the ultimate resin/weight ratio

Canoes in this layup come standard with with the following outfitting:

  • Integrated Composite Gunwale
  • ABS End Caps
  • Black Stained Poplar Canted Webbed Seats, Thwart, and Hand Grips
  • Black Stained Poplar Deep Dish Portage Yoke
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Bow & Stern Flotation Chambers

Note: All Epoxy Pro Innegra / Basalt canoes sold at Frontenac Outfitters have been upgraded to include Five Finger Hand Grips ($50 value), Float Tank Hatch Covers ($100 value), and Black Stained Poplar Kneeling Thwart ($100 value) for free – $250 in savings! 

Carbon – MSRP $3895 / Avg. Weight: 35 lbs

The ultimate in lightweight canoes! The Clear-Coat Carbon option replaces the Innegra / Basalt layers with Carbon to achieve the lowest possible weights and improve stiffness. Removing Innegra / Basalt from construction does result in a small loss to durability; however, the interwoven Carbon / Kevlar interior and sandwiched layer of Kevlar retains impact resistance and overall strength. 

The Carbon layup is the best option for those concerned about speed & efficiency, canoeists participating in races or long-distance paddles with multiple portages, and paddlers who are a little more ‘gentle’ with their gear. Also a great choice for smaller-framed individuals, aging enthusiasts, and those who that want the lightest boat they can get!

Here’s what’s included during construction:H2O Canoe Company

  • Carbon Exterior combined with a Carbon/Kevlar interior and sandwiched Kevlar layer
  • Structural bilge & free-board reinforcement with rigid closed cell foam core & ribs
  • UV repellent proprietary clear-coating on exterior that sheds up to eight pounds in weight
  • Lightweight, UV resistant interior coating over natural fabric
  • High impact resistant & flexible post cured epoxy resin
  • Processed under dry infusion to consistently provide the ultimate resin/weight ratio

Canoes in this layup come standard with with the following outfitting:

  • Integrated Composite Gunwale
  • ABS End Caps
  • Black Stained Poplar Canted Webbed Seats, Thwart, and Hand Grips
  • Black Stained Poplar Deep Dish Portage Yoke
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Bow & Stern Flotation Chambers

Note: All Epoxy Pro Carbon canoes sold at Frontenac Outfitters have been upgraded to include Five Finger Hand Grips ($50 value), Float Tank Hatch Covers ($100 value), and Black Stained Poplar Kneeling Thwart ($100 value) for free – $250 in savings! 

Helium

H2O’s Helium layups are aesthetically striking and lightweight, and have been made to feel as good on your shoulders as they do on the water.  

Similar to the Epoxy Pro series, two choices are available within this category based on the paddlers need for light and stiff vs. light and durable. However, some noticeable differences come during the build process as the Helium canoes are built using vinylester resin and include a gel-coated finish to offer choice of colour. Integrated Composite Gunwales (ICG) remain standard as well as the dry infusion manufacturing technique. 

Carbon / Kevlar – MSRP $3395 / Avg. Weight: 42 lbs

The Helium Carbon / Kevlar layup combines the lightness. stiffness, and abrasion resistance of Carbon with the impact protection of Kevlar. The upper wall is finished with a clear coat epoxy to reduce weight, while the hull features a layer of gel-coat for added strength as well as colour choice.

The Carbon / Kevlar option is an ideal choice for those who require a light, stiff boat for tripping or long crossings but are willing eat a carry a few extra pounds in order to increase the hull strength. Also a great choice for those undergoing races or paddlers that might drag their canoe in and out of the water now and then.

Here’s what’s included during construction:H2O Canoe Company

  • Combination of stiff Carbon fiber with resilient Kevlar fabric
  • Structural bilge & free-board reinforcement with rigid closed cell foam core
  • Lightweight, clear-coated carbon fiber upper exterior with marine-grade FX gel-coated hull – FX: Flex additive for greater impact resistance
  • Lightweight, UV resistant interior clear-coat over interwoven Carbon / Kevlar
  • High impact resistant & stiff vinylester resin
  • Processed under dry infusion to consistently provide the ultimate resin-to-weight ratio

Canoes in this layup come standard with following outfitting:

  • Integrated Composite Gunwale 
  • ABS End Caps
  • Black Cherry Canted Webbed Seats, Thwart, and Hand Grips
  • Black Cherry Deep Dish Portage Yoke
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Bow & Stern Flotation Chambers

Note: All Helium Carbon / Kevlar canoes sold at Frontenac Outfitters have been upgraded to include Five Finger Hand Grips ($50 value), Float Tank Hatch Covers ($100), and Black Cherry Kneeling Thwart ($100 value) for free – $250 in savings!

Premium Kevlar – MSRP $3195 / Avg. Weight: 46 lbs

The Helium Premium Kevlar layup eliminates Carbon from the build process and adds a thin layer of Fiberglass to improve strength and durability while only adding a few pounds to the overall weight.  The exterior features a fully gel-coated layer as opposed to offering a clear-coat finish on the upper portion of the canoe. As such, two-tone colour options become available for those who desire a sharper looking boat.

A great choice for paddlers who are looking for the ideal balance between lightweight, durability, and eye-catching aesthetics. For a boat that looks as a good it performs weekend warriors, back-country campers, and those who cringe at a boat over 50 lbs will appreciate this layup.

Here’s what’s included during construction:H2O Canoe Company

  • Combination of exterior and interior layers of resilient Kevlar with a sandwiched stiff, robust layer of Fiberglass
  • Structural bilge & free board reinforcement with rigid closed cell foam core
  • Marine-grade FX gel-coat exterior – FX: Flex additive for greater rebounding properties
  • Lightweight, UV resistant clear-coat interior
  • High impact resistant & flexible vinylester resin
  • Processed under dry infusion to consistently provide the ultimate resin-to-weight ratio

Canoes in this layup come standard with the following outfitting:

  • Integrated Composite Gunwale
  • ABS End Caps
  • Black Cherry Canted Webbed Seats, Thwart, and Hand Grips
  • Black Cherry Deep Dish Portage Yoke
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Bow & Stern Flotation Chambers

Note: All Helium Premium Kevlar canoes sold at Frontenac Outfitters have been upgraded to include Five Finger Hand Grips ($50 value), Float Tank Hatch Covers ($100), Black Cherry Kneeling Thwart ($100 value), and two-tone gel-coat finish ($200 value) for free – $450 in savings!

Brute Force Epoxy

H2O’s Brute Force Epoxy lamination is built for the unforgiving paddler who demands a robust and resilient canoe

There is only one option within this category making it a unique choice being that it is incredibly strong yet does not exceed 58 lbs. To help keep the weight down but strength up, canoes are constructed using strong, flexible epoxy resin along with multiple layers of Innegra / Basalt cloth. A clear-coat epoxy is applied to the exterior and interior in order to shed the pounds that come along with a fully gel-coated finished. 

Innegra / Basalt  – MSRP $3395 / Avg. Weight: 53 lbs

The Brute Force layup gives paddlers a canoe that’s stronger than their old ‘beater Fiberglass boat’ with a substantial reduction in weight. Built using the same process as the Epoxy Pro Series, the Brute Force canoes are stiff, tough, and have an acceptable weight for most paddlers. Simply put, it’s the toughest canoes available of all H2O’s lamination

This layup is ideal for tripping with rugged portages in areas with natural, rocky launching or docking points. Also a great choice for those wanting a robust boat without the extra weight found in a standard fiberglass build; for example, recreational paddlers or families with a variety of users, skilled or not so much…

Here’s what’s included during construction: H2O Canoe Company

  • Multiple exterior & interior layers of Innegra / Basalt with a sandwiched Fiberglass layer
  • Structural bilge & free board reinforcement with rigid closed cell foam core
  • UV repellent proprietary clear-coating on exterior that sheds up to eight pounds in weight
  • Lightweight, UV resistant interior coating over natural fabric
  • High impact resistant & flexible epoxy resin
  • Processed under dry infusion to consistently provide the ultimate resin-to-weight ratio

Canoes in this layup come standard with the following outfitting:

  • Standard Aluminum Gunwales
  • ABS End Caps
  • Black Stained Poplar Webbed Seats, Thwart, and Hand Grips
  • Black Stained Poplar Deep Dish Portage Yoke
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Bow & Stern Flotation Chambers

Note: All Brute Force canoes sold at Frontenac Outfitters have been upgraded to include Five Finger Hand Grips ($50 value), Float Tank Hatch Covers ($100 value), and Black Stained Poplar Kneeling Thwart ($100 value) for free – $250 in savings! 

Great White North

H2O’s Great White North layups are built for the everyday paddler being both rugged and dependable for tripping or recreational paddling. 

This category offers paddlers the greatest selection with four options to choose from based on the need between strength vs. lightness. Similar to the Helium Premium Kevlar option, Great White North layups feature a full layer of gel-coat to provide you colour, but they are heavier as a combination of Innegra / Basalt, Kevlar, and Fiberglass is used during construction.  H2O’s dry infusion manufacturing process remains consistent while using vinylester resin along with standard aluminum gunwales and white ash outfitting. 

Kevlar – MSRP $2895 / Avg. Weight: 49 lbs

The Kevlar options is the lightest in the Great White North category making it the ideal choice for longer portages.  It combines multiple layers of Kevlar for impact resistance and to keep weight down as well as Fiberglass to improve strength and stiffness. The interior features a clear-coat epoxy to further reduce the weight and showcase the golden beauty of natural Kevlar fabric.  

This layup is great for somebody who wants a lightweight canoe but is able to handle a few extra pounds in order to keep the cost down. Perfect for families,  weekend warriors, or those who may not paddle as often as the avid back-country tripper that walks grueling portages.

Here’s what’s included during construction:H2O Canoe Company

  • Combination of exterior and interior layers of resilient Kevlar with a sandwiched stiff, robust layer of Fiberglass
  • Structural bilge & free board reinforcement with rigid closed cell foam core
  • Marine-grade FX gel-coat exterior – FX: Flex additive for greater rebounding properties
  • Lightweight, UV resistant clear-coat interior
  • High impact resistant & flexible vinylester resin
  • Processed under dry infusion to consistently provide the ultimate resin-to-weight ratio

Canoes in this layup come standard with the following outfitting:

  • Standard Aluminum Gunwales
  • ABS End Caps
  • White Ash Webbed Seats, Thwart, and Hand Grips
  • White Ash Deep Dish Portage Yoke
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Bow & Stern Flotation Chambers

Note: All Great White North Kevlar canoes sold at Frontenac Outfitters have been upgraded to include Five Finger Hand Grips ($50 value), Float Tank Hatch Covers ($100 value), White Ash Kneeling Thwart ($100 value), and Two-Tone Gel-Coat Exterior ($200 value) for free – $450 in savings! 

Innegra / Basalt – MSRP $2695 / Avg. Weight: 54 lbs 

The Innegra / Basalt is one of the only value-priced options on the market that is constructed using a dry infusion process. This layup boasts reasonable weights and great impact resistance. In order to keep weights low while improving durability, structural reinforcement is added by combining the advanced Innegra / Basalt material which is light and flexible with rigid and robust Fiberglass.  Similar to the Kevlar option, the interior features a clear coat epoxy over the natural Innegra / Basalt fabric in order to help reduce weight.  

A perfect selection for recreational paddlers and trippers who push their boats to the limit yet still want to keep the weight under 60 lbs. Also a great choice for families or as a cottage boat used by several different users with varying skill levels.

Here’s what’s included during construction: H2O Canoe Company

  • Multiple exterior & interior layers of Innegra / Basalt with a sandwiched Fiberglass layer
  • Structural bilge & free board reinforcement with rigid closed cell foam core
  • Marine-grade FX gel-coat exterior – FX: Flex additive for greater rebounding properties
  • Lightweight, UV resistant interior coating over natural fabric
  • High impact resistant & stiff vinylester resin
  • Processed under dry infusion to consistently provide the ultimate resin-to-weight ratio

Canoes in this layup come standard with the following outfitting:

  • Standard Aluminum Gunwales
  • ABS End Caps
  • White Ash Webbed Seats, Thwart, and Hand Grips
  • White Ash Deep Dish Portage Yoke
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Bow & Stern Flotation Chambers

Note: All Great White North Innegra / Basalt canoes sold at Frontenac Outfitters have been upgraded to include Five Finger Hand Grips ($50 value), Float Tank Hatch Covers ($100 value), White Ash Kneeling Thwart ($100 value), and Two-Tone Gel-Coat Exterior ($200 value) for free – $450 in savings! 

FGA Light – MSRP $2295 / Avg. Weight: 58 lbs

The FGA Light layup is an premium Fiberglass build that provides paddlers with great value for the price.  Lightness is sacrificed for the benefits of low cost and rugged durability, but a layer of Kevlar is added in order to regulate the strength to weight ratio. Manufactured using the advanced dry infusion process with vinylester resin while being outfitted with silver aluminum gunwales and White Ash. Gel-coat is applied to both the exterior and interior which factors into the increased weight.   

An ideal choice for recreational paddlers and day trippers alike. Models in this layup can be portaged, but rugged terrain and long distances offer challenges for most paddlers. Also a good option as a cottage boat for guests.  

Here’s what’s included during construction: H2O Canoe Company

  • Multiple exterior & interior layers of Fiberglass with a sandwiched Kevlar layer
  • Structural bilge & free board reinforcement with rigid closed cell foam core
  • Marine-grade FX gel-coat exterior & interior – FX: Flex additive for greater rebounding properties
  • High impact resistant & stiff vinylester resin
  • Processed under dry infusion to consistently provide the ultimate resin-to-weight ratio

Canoes in this layup come standard with the following outfitting:

  • Standard Aluminum Gunwales
  • ABS End Caps
  • White Ash Webbed Seats, Thwart, and Hand Grips
  • White Ash Deep Dish Portage Yoke
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Bow & Stern Flotation Chambers

Note: All Great White North FGA Light canoes sold at Frontenac Outfitters have been upgraded to include Five Finger Hand Grips ($50 value), Float Tank Hatch Covers ($100 value), and Two-Tone Gel-Coat Exterior ($200 value) for free – $350 in savings! 

Fiberglass – MSRP $1795 / Avg. Weight: 68 lbs

The Fiberglass layup is an standard Fiberglass build that was built with rugged dependability in mind. As the heaviest and cheapest layup offered by H2O, this option is considered an entry-level choice due to its simplicity and low cost. Manufactured using the advanced dry infusion process with vinylester resin while being outfitted with silver aluminum gunwales and White Ash. Gel-coat is applied to both the exterior and interior which factors into the increased weight.   

An ideal choice for recreational paddlers or those who consider paddling as a ‘once in awhile’ activity. Also the perfect option as a cottage boat for guests.  

Here’s what’s included during construction: H2O Canoe Company

  • Multiple exterior & interior layers of Fiberglass
  • Structural bilge & free board reinforcement with rigid closed cell foam ribs
  • Marine-grade FX gel-coat exterior & interior – FX: Flex additive for greater rebounding properties
  • High impact resistant & stiff vinylester resin
  • Processed under dry infusion to consistently provide the ultimate resin-to-weight ratio

Canoes in this layup come standard with the following outfitting:

  • Standard Aluminum Gunwales
  • ABS End Caps
  • White Ash Webbed Seats, Thwart, and Hand Grips
  • White Ash Deep Dish Portage Yoke
  • Stainless Steel Hardware
  • Bow & Stern Flotation Chambers

Note: All Great White North Fiberglass canoes sold at Frontenac Outfitters have been upgraded to include Five Finger Hand Grips ($50 value), Float Tank Hatch Covers ($100 value), and Two-Tone Gel-Coat Exterior ($200 value) for free – $350 in savings! 

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