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Canoe Spray Deck

Canoe Spray Deck Description

North Water makes Spray Decks for almost any Canoe. They have a unique mounting system and proven measurement guide to ensure a snug fit on your canoe. With many options and ability to customize, you can design your deck the way you want it. Configure your Spray Deck in two or three piece to enjoy greater freedom of movement and a whole lot more. In order to guarantee the fit of a spray decks, they are manufactured from the measurements that you provide for your specific boat.

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Canoe Spray Deck Specs and Features

  • Material Description: 1000D PVC Coated Polyester fabric or 420D PU Coated Nylon Pack Cloth

Additional Attributes

  • Solo, Tandem and Freighter For Most Models
  • Rugged 1000D PVC Coated Polyester Construction
  • Optional Light Weight 420D Nylon
  • Large Zippered Cargo Hatch
  • 3" Rub Strips protects your Spray Deck from wear and tear
  • Painter Tie Downs at Bow and Stern
  • Paddle Pocket for speedy access to a spare paddle
  • Lashing Patch Installation System allows for varying load heights
  • Remove a portion on warm days for lounging around, or fishing
  • Stay cooler while keeping your gear out of sight and shielded form the sun
  • Unlace from one side and the canoe on its side creates quick emergency shelter
  • Joints are positioned over the thwarts for added stability

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North Water built for me a…

Submitted by: paddler236278 on 4/13/2020
North Water built for me a custom spray deck,, both to my specifications and to the style I use a canoe. I travel long distances on rivers,, normally solo in an expedition size canoe (20'). When the boat was built, custom layup, custom thwart and seat placements, North Water not only adapted to those dimensions and configurations,, but also to how I go through big white water. I sit on the stern seat normally on flat water, but I always go to my knees and slide forward in the Class II and up. The skirt had to be constructed to allow the normal position of on my knees and forward,, and comfortable sitting in the flat sections. North Water's solutions were both unique and nearly faultless. The spray deck has now survived 2,500 miles of travel in 4 years time, something just less than 200 nights camping along the river, Class I to Class V rapids, several total submersions, innumerable (500 to 1,000) bow plunges bringing solid water racing aft on the deck,, a spectacularly durable and effective canoe deck. My highest regard and ratings for that deck cover and the artists that built it.

I purchased my spray deck…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/26/2011
I purchased my spray deck from Northwater this fall. I installed it over a three day period as the rain would allow. The directions were nice, but I highly recommend the installation video posted on YouTube. It made things really easy.

I was immediately impressed with the fit and finish of the deck. It fits my Bell Northwind like a glove. The order form requires a lot of measurements, and for good reason. They make a very tailored deck. It was a bit unsettling to drill 26 holes in a brand new canoe, but it all worked out just fine. The attachment loops are above the waterline most of the time, and they don't leak anyway.

The Northwater deck is a little costlier than some of the competition, but the absolute custom fit is worth it. The craftsmanship is very high quality, and the deck is rugged. Just moments after the initial installation, my German Shepherd jumped on it and ran up and down the canoe looking for a way in. It survived without a scratch.


Recently I spent 8 days and…

Submitted by: tstanton on 12/24/2009
Recently I spent 8 days and nights in the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande. It is recommended by NPS that canoes have a spray deck or floatation bags. With gear for an eight day trip the spray deck was the best option. . I have other North Water gear and have been impressed with their quality of workmanship. I chose the North Water spray deck because of its features and how quickly they answered my emails. I ordered a solo one piece cover for my Mad River Legend 15. The product was completed and delivered as promised.

When the cover arrived, I must say that I was impressed with the quality of materials and the workmanship was superb. When I ordered my cover I had measured my boat as I would have it loaded for my trip, (my large ice chest is taller than the gunnels). I read the instructions and installed the cover without any problems. Installation took about 4 hours as I measured and re-measured to make sure every detail is right. With the cover installed over my gear, the fit was perfect.

I ordered mine with the extra large portage hatch, map case (keeps the river guide book handy too) and deck top anchor strip (for throw bag and biner clipped water bottle). I highly recommend all the items. When you order the portage hatch, you still get another smaller hatch or credit for the smaller hatch. As I was rigged for solo, I opted for two hatches, the large portage hatch in front of me and the smaller one behind me. With two hatches I had accessibility to all my gear without removal of the cover.

North Water's cover includes a cockpit that allows for sitting on the seat or kneeling while paddling. The design is solid and works extremely well. I had outfitted my boat with knee pads and was able to drop right into the knee pads without any fuss.

During my Lower Canyons trip we encountered many rapids, a few in the class 3 range with technical boulder gardens and exciting drops. While those without spray decks bailed gallons of water out of their boats, I used just a sponge. This allowed my boat to handle well throughout all the multi-part rapids. I never experienced a decrease in boat maneuverability that occurs when you take on water.

Another plus I found was that the spray deck diminished the wind effect. No longer did I have to fight the wind to keep the boat pointed in the right direction. With this experience, I will use the cover on windy days even if just day tripping mild rivers.

How tuff is the cover? I banged into rocks in the boulder gardens and took a few wall shots and the cover took all the abuse without complaint. It is obvious this cover will last many years. This is a quality product I highly recommend.