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You now have the finest production canoe available. A few simple steps will protect your investment for years of enjoyable paddling.
Northstar Wood Trim: All wood parts are finished with three coats of varnish except gunwales and decks. Gunwales are subject to more routine abrasion than the other parts, so we oil them – oil penetrates the wood, instead of coating the surface. Gunwales and decks have received three coats of Watco Exterior Natural Oil. Repeated testing has convinced us that Watco Exterior Natural is the longest lasting and best performing wood oil available. Watco also provides UV protection. Re-oiling is necessary when the gunwales feel rough or appear dry.
Warning: Items soaked with Watco may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for disposal.
We recommend you always use a quality roof rack system to transport your Northstar. Roof racks provide a safe, reliable and easy way to transport, if you read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you do not own a roof rack system use a foam block kit and carefully follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regardless, we recommend that you secure both the bow and stern (hint: use hood straps or hood loops to secure the bow of the canoe).
If at all possible, store your canoe indoors. There is no need for the space to be heated. Store your canoe out of direct sunlight. If it is stored outside, store it upside down on saw horses or the like. Never store your canoe directly on the ground.
All watersports activities are hazardous and involve the risk of serious injury or death – canoeing is no exception. Northstar Canoes strongly recommends any person using our canoes or accessories obtain training in safety and paddling techniques, rescue methods and CPR from a qualified instructor. Any person using Northstar Canoes or accessories assumes the risks inherent with the use of any watersports product – and assumes all responsibility for damages, injury or death which results from the use of any Northstar product. Always wear a US Coast Guard approved PFD (personal flotation device) when paddling. This product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Northstar Canoes are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship, to the original retail consumer, for the usable life of the canoe as defined by wear. Northstar Canoes will repair or replace hulls or components at our option. The customer is responsible for transportation costs to and from the Northstar Canoes factory in Princeton, MN. This warranty does not cover normal wear, nor damage resulting from abuse, alteration or unauthorized repair; also not covered are damage caused by driving over loose bow ropes, canoes taking flight on highways, loans to best friends, and incidents involving canoes that should’ve been removed prior to entering the garage. A copy of the original store receipt is necessary for all warranty claims.