Urban Boatbuilders is able to take on select restoration projects, the proceeds from which directly benefit our youth programming. Our restoration crew is a dedicated group of skilled volunteers with years of boatbuilding experience (read about one of their projects in the Saint Paul Monitor!). They meet one day a week to work on projects, and have restored a wide variety of canoes with the timeline of projects depending on the crew's current workload and the scope of the project.
If you have a boat that needs restoration and are interested in supporting local youth programming, please fill out the following survey as your inquiry form. Please read and fill out the form in it's entirety; we will get back to you as soon as possible regarding our ability to take on the project.
Urban Boatbuilders specializes in wood canvas restoration. We do not accept fiberglass or composite restorations. If you have another type of wooden boat, please be specific while filling out the survey so that we can ascertain whether the project is feasible for us to accept. Other types of boats requiring only small repairs may be accepted, as long as they fit the below requirements.
Boats must be:
20’ and under in length
Under 200 lbs
We charge a range of $175-$250 per foot plus the cost of materials for restorations, with all proceeds directly benefiting our youth programs. The specific estimate, which will be provided by the restoration crew leader, will depend on the scope of the work. For restoring the interior hull of a boat or canoe we first strip the old fishing off, sand, restore the wood with linseed oil and finish with 3 coats of varnish. The charge is $100 per foot.
For re-canvassing, we charge $75 per foot which includes removal of the old canvas cover, application of a new canvas cover, silica filler, sanding, and painting. Often, once the canvas is removed other issues with the wood are identified, which can be fixed at an additional charge. A detailed estimate will be provided. Wood repairs can add $25-75 per foot to the overall cost of the restoration.
Urban Boatbuilders accepts and sells donated boats to raise money for our life-changing youth programs. When possible, we accept boats that require small repairs; volunteers will work to make the boats sale ready.
Unfortunately, we do not have the space or staff capacity to accept all boat donations. Please fill out the following survey so that we can make an informed decision as to whether we can accept your boat. We are so appreciative of your interest in supporting local youth programs through donating a boat to Urban Boatbuilders -- thank you for your time!
We can only accept boats that are sale ready or require only minor repairs that can be completed during our volunteer open shop night.
Boats must be:
- Canoe size or smaller (maximum 20’ in length)
- Under 200 lbs.