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Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Norm Hein, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. ppine

    ppine Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I would be tempted to paddle it for awhile. The tops of the ribs are very rough looking and troubling, but otherwise it is not bad at all.

    I think everyone needs to figure out if they are a canoeist that works on their own boats,
    Or a canoe restorer that paddles.
     
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    Norm Hein

    Norm Hein Canoe Codger

    ppne, I believe I am both

    I took it for a float and somehow even with the ton of fiberglass it leaked. Not bad enough that I couldn't paddle it but it did have to be bailed every now and then.
    for now I have moved it to the end of the line. I'll deal with it later.
    Thanks for the input.
    Norm
     
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  3. ppine

    ppine Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I have an idea for you Norm. The top of the ribs are unsightly and it would be a lot of work to scarf new ends on all of them.
    Try mixing up some good epoxy and then add wood dust of the same species as the ribs to make a thick paste like peanut butter. Cover the ends of each rib.
    After it sets up completely, sand it smooth with the gunwales. Use a file to clean up the sides.

    I have used this method to smooth out beat up gunwales
     
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    Norm Hein

    Norm Hein Canoe Codger

    I'll have to give that a try.
    Thanks
     
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  5. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Just keep your expectations low. I've filled damaged tops with epoxy butter, but the colors never matched.
    Just say'un.
     
  6. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Damaged tops that are fixed with epoxy peanut butter look crappy to me. I’d say sand them smooth and live with lowered depth or scarf in new tips, even if it means doing every one.
     

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    Norm Hein

    Norm Hein Canoe Codger

    I believe this is the way I will be going.
     
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  8. ppine

    ppine Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    This is a shallow boat to begin with.
    I would not sacrifice even more depth for the aesthetics.
    The epoxy treatment works amazing well for restoring all kinds of things on wood canoes.
    But I paddle first, and repair boats second.
     
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    Norm Hein

    Norm Hein Canoe Codger

    ppine, The depth will be about 11-1/2" finished. Not the best but I think I can live with it for a pleasure canoe.
     
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