Fiberglass is one of the most common materials used in making canoes. If you are looking for a good cottage canoe that does not require much maintenance, then fibreglass is definitely the way to go.
Pros: relatively low maintenance, reasonably durable, easy to repair minor damage and reasonably priced.
Cons: heavier than new materials and expensive to repair major damage.
Durable: Reasonably durable. Fibreglass canoes can take a moderate amount of abuse. You wouldn’t want to take them in white-water.
Minor repairs: Repairing minor damage to a fibreglass canoe can be done relatively easily and inexpensively.
Maintenance: Fibreglass can pretty much be left out in the elements and unlike aluminum canoes, the sun and cold will not be absorbed by fibreglass. Also, the need for repainting is generally not needed as the colour is built into the fibreglass.
Weight: Fibreglass is heavier than most materials. They generally weigh between 56 – 68 lbs.
Major repairs: If your canoe has major damage, it can be expensive to repair. However, major damage will really only occur if the canoe is misused.