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Forum topic by 60Grit posted 09-24-2012 11:38 PM 794 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2012 11:38 PM

So a I was recently attending a non-profit event having to do with the Anacostia river in DC. The river keeper recently recieved some canoes as a donation. I’m not entirely sure what the canoes are made of, but from what i could tell by the explanations, plywood joined together by nails and long L-like brackets at the seams. So he told me they leaked at the seams when they were put in the water as he expected. To fix this he painted them with marine based paint: polyuretane single part enamel. I believe that is right. I’m not sure how many coats were used. I think just one.

Anyways, they still leak. What are some helpful suggestions for making these canoes leak proof??

Thanks in advance guys!

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 11:56 PM

We had wood boats when I was a kid. My dad loved them. BUT….. they leak. Generally, they leak util the wood gets saturated and swells. Once they swell, they stop leaking (almost). When we put our old Thompson lapstreak in the water for the first time of a season, it’d leak for a couple or 3 days. Then it would stay pretty dry inside.

The only sure-fire way I know to stop a wood boat from leaking is to glass it. Get some fiberglass cloth and mix up a batch of fiberglass and get it on there.

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#2 posted 09-25-2012 12:45 AM

Keep them out of the water.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 01:36 AM

They sound like glue and stitch plywood construction. A new layer of epoxy with wood flour puttied into the seams, then new paint or marine varnish over the top. Go to YouTube and look up glue & stitch canoe.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 02:16 AM

Depending on the design, they may not be worth the price of the epoxy and glass required for a decent fix.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#5 posted 09-25-2012 02:42 AM

Agree with Dan. AND, if they’ve been painted, prep for epoxy would be very time consuming.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 12:22 AM

Thanks for the advice, guys!

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