In composite canoes, various woven fabrics are hand-shaped in a mold and bonded together with resins. Any combination of fibers and resin is a composite, but there
are a wide variety of materials and methods. All Wenonah Canoes are manufactured using a vacuum bagging process to ensure the ideal resin-to-fabric ratio. Many hours
of skilled labor are required to make a great composite canoe. By utilizing the finest materials and manufacturing methods we’re able to deliver the legendary performance,
toughness and lightweight convenience that have become the hallmark of the brand.
Wenonah’s Ultra-light hulls are stiff and incredibly light. They are ideal for efficient distance paddling and for all people or conditions that demand the lightest gear.
Our construction features a structural core and ribs laminated into the hull and sides. Extra fabric layers are then added to strengthen specific targeted areas.
Aluminum plates are strategically laminated into the hull, onto which seats, foot braces and all hardware are then riveted. This gives a highly secure connection and
eliminates rivet heads on the exterior.
Flex-core construction creates a more rugged canoe than our Ultra-lights and is meant for general paddling on all but extreme waters. In these canoes, a structural core is laminated into
the hull, with the composite fibers carefully oriented to distribute loads.
The entire hull receives an extra fabric layer, which makes for a stronger, more ridged canoe.
Side ribs are not needed because this layup distributes more material throughout the hull. The result is a tough canoe that is still fairly lightweight.