Hey Bikenomad_73, <br><br>I was forced to leave
my canoe outside for the winter. The Massachusetts
weather didn't get too cold this year(low 20's was the
average temp). It was tarped with plastic and supported
upside down on saw horses. The canoe was tucked away in
between a garden shed and a fence. It was shielded from
the wind. Most of the snow fell from late Feb to mid
March. <br> I had one main concern with outside canoe
storage. Would the Plastic caned seats survive the cold.
My other concern was whether the fiber glass would
crack or delaminate. The plastic cane was fine. It
showed no signs of cracking. The weave didn't lose any
of its tauntness. It still supports my back side
with spring. The fiber glass didn't show any signs of
cracking or delaminating as a result of the winter weather
conditions(both inside and outside of the canoe hull). How did
your canoe handle the Chicago cold this past winter?
I'm curious. <br><br>See Ya<br>Rick<br><br>Yesterday
was my first paddle of the year. It was a pleasure.