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Project by Rob posted 05-17-2008 04:47 AM 1599 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Scott jokingly asked me for the canoe that went with the paddles I recently posted … well this is it. I didn’t actually build it but I did do a tonne of work on it. I made the gunwales, seats, and the yoke (and the child) pictured.

I was visiting an uncle last summer who had this beast out on a rack by his dock. It was in aweful shape, he said it hadn’t moved in 20 years. He was going to take it to the dump. All the wood was rotten and I pulled it off by hand. I wish I took a before pic. Anyway, what you see is the result of some fibreglass repair, a new coat of paint, and new ash trim.

It’s a heavy beast, weighing in at near 90lbs, but I love it. It was free minus my work and supplies to restore it, so you can’t beat the price.

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#1 posted 05-17-2008 05:20 AM

Looks like great work on all accounts.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 05-17-2008 06:43 AM

Real nice job. Nothing like experiencing the waterways with your family in a canoe.

-- Richard

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#3 posted 05-17-2008 12:34 PM


This is a nice restoration effort. You obviously did a good job on this and I like the cost as well.

Well done. With the paddles it looks like you are ready for a summer of fun.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-17-2008 02:52 PM

Looks like a nice job, Rob. A good heavy canoe is just fine on a lake. I think they’re more stable. Did you build a keel into it?

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#5 posted 05-17-2008 05:18 PM

ah….the gentle relaxation of floating in a canoe…enjoy!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 05-17-2008 06:36 PM

Good job on the canoe and the other (ahem) project.

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#7 posted 05-31-2008 07:26 PM

Real nice job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#8 posted 05-31-2008 08:17 PM

Fantastic! I love taking something really old and wore out, and making it new again… great job!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 01-27-2009 08:32 AM

Love the boat and the blonde in front. Don’t know how you did it but it looks great. I’ve been on the river my whole life. My brother has my dad’s first boat and has restored it too. It was an Arkansas Traveler. It’s funny to see it out on the river today. But can’t imagine seeing the river without it.

-- Janice

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