Just picked up this nice old Sawyer two seater kevlar canoe… Hoping to take it out paddling this weekend. it has a crack on the inside, and two small ones on one of the seats. the inside crack doesn’t go through, and the bottom of the canoe has only a couple small scratches on it. Do I need to repair this canoe first before it can be taken out? it’s not even dirty inside. it looks like it was only used a couple of times. any and all advice would be appreciated for this new paddler, thanks in advance.
Also, the bottom looks discolored, is that normal? what is it supposed to look like? I think it’s about 30 years old.
And finally… is my setup a safe way to haul the canoe? I had it strapped front around the whole cabin and in the back as well, using pool noodles to keep the kevlar safe. It made the three hour journey home unscathed I just want to take good care of my new baby.