Boat Repair

After years of housing our repair facilities, the Rackhaus is no more. In an effort to ensure high quality and timely repair of your canoe or kayak, Rutabaga Paddlesports has partnered with Jim Fietzer, owner and operator of Jim's Small Boat Repair. Due to facility constraints at Rutabaga, Jim will be handling many of the repairs we have typically taken care of in the past, but we will still be able to take care of any modifications you may desire on new stock canoes and kayaks. Rutabaga will still be your source for replacement parts and advice for Do-It-Yourself repairs. Please feel free to contact Tyler at tylerk@rutabaga.com with DIY inquiries (Please be sure to include a full description of your issue and photos of the damage for the best advice possible).

For those who would rather sit back and let a professional take care of their repairs, please direct inquiries regarding damage on existing canoes and kayaks to Jim at:

Jim's Small Boat Repair
608-217-2825 or smallboatrepair@gmail.com

Custom repair services are offered at an hourly rate. Some of the standard repair services offered by Jim include:

Canoe Services:
• Composite repairs (fiberglass/Kevlar and gel coat cracks)
• Royalex cold crack repairs
• Gunwale replacement
• Seat replacement
• Skid plate installation
• Fishing accessory installation and customization

Kayak Services:
• Composite repairs (fiberglass/Kevlar and gel coat cracks)
• Compass installation
• Rudder installation and repair
• Skeg replacement and repair
• Keel Strip installation
• Fishing accessory installation and customization

A note from Jim:
Each repair is unique, but the desired outcomes are always the same – getting you back out on the water in a boat that you enjoy as soon as possible. Certainly, there are some limitations, but I will work with you to find the best possible solution for your particular repair issue. Please give me a call or send me an email and we can discuss the details of your repair needs and decide on the best course of action together. I have over 10 years of experience working on canoes and kayaks and working relationships with professionals in the paddle sports industry when advice or specific parts are needed. I genuinely enjoy getting you back out on the water and paddling as soon as possible, and I look forward to talking about what I can do to make your paddling experience more enjoyable.
-Jim