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Wood motor mount

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by frogahern, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. frogahern

    frogahern frogahern

    Does anyone have a picture of one. I have heard Old Town sold them at one time with big brass wingnuts. Thanks, Mike.
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    These show up regularly on eBay and there is an older one currently at http://www.ebay.com/itm/150854434225 with some good pictures. A quick search for canoe motor mount in the title found thirty. Good luck,

    Benson
     
  3. OP
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    frogahern

    frogahern frogahern

    Thanks Benson but I am looking for a all wood mount with brass hardware. Did old town ever sell one? Has someone made one? Thanks.Mike.....
     
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The original Old Town ones always used a flat metal bar across the gunwales with brass hardware as far as I know. There are several all wood ones on eBay from other makers like the ones at http://www.ebay.com/itm/290698525718 and http://www.ebay.com/itm/180683842011 but these don't appear to have brass hardware. These both look like a simple design that you could probably make yourself but I never have.

    Benson
     
  5. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck Woodworker

    Here is what I'm going to build when ready... You can use brass, bronze or wood blocks to get whatever look you want...

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  6. bredlo

    bredlo LOVES Wooden Canoes

  7. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

    I built one in 1979 for a couple canoes up at my folks cabin. It was 1.25" thick ash with a 1.5" thick, slightly angled motor block. I bought the big bronze bolts and tail nuts from Old Town. The motor block was held to the crossbar with stainless carriage bolts and it was finished with numerous coats of Deks Olje #1. I installed a small curved thwart behind the stern seat with two bolt holes in it on one boat. The other had a second, loose curved wooden bar that fit under the gunwales, sandwiching them to hold the mount in place. Unfortunately, somebody left it out under the porch for a few years, so it's rather weathered, but it's still sound and waiting to be cleaned-up and refinished.
     

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    frogahern

    frogahern frogahern

    Thanks to all. I think a cross between the Willits Bros. and the one Todd made is what I am looking for... Cheers Mike.......
     

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