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1886 Rushton Vesper

Discussion in 'Canoe Sailing' started by Ric Altfather, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Ric Altfather

    Ric Altfather WCHA #4035

    If anyone is interested...

    I just received an e-mail from the TSCA Yahoo Groups indicating that this sailing canoe is for sale. The individual selling the canoe does not have e-mail and no phone number is indicated, only his address which is:

    Dick Rose
    152 Grant Road
    Durham, ME 04272

    Ric Altfather
     

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I just called and he wants $15,000 for it. That is a bit more than I want to spend so have fun.

    Benson
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Ric Altfather

    Ric Altfather WCHA #4035

    He will be hanging on to that one for quite awhile!

    Ric
     
  4. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    On the contrary, I would be surprised if it didn't have a new home in short order. Think about the comparables - a new reproduction at 20-25K, or a plywood 16-30 for 10K. It's not your run-of-the-mill dime-a-dozen Morris...
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Ric Altfather

    Ric Altfather WCHA #4035

    Wow...

    I wouldn't have thought that was a good price...but then, it is priceless for being original!

    Thanks Dan,

    Ric
     
  6. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Hey

    Knock off the swipes at Morrises, I told you I missed the no-octane for a good reason!
    10k? you can have my 16/30 for 7500.00, I'll build another one....:p
     
  7. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    A good reason? Still haven't heard one yet..:p

    Build as many as you want - they still won't be Rushtons... :D:eek::D
     
  8. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams all wood nut

    I am seriously considering getting the Vesper. I got some pics today, and he has modern hardware on one of the mastheads. It looks VERY out of place! A aluminum bracket, and composite pulleys. There is also a well done repair on the gunwale. He said that there are some planking repairs, but I didn't get pics of those. I'll have to ask again. I have several pics of him sailing it.

    Mark
     

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  9. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams all wood nut

    Well, I decided to not get the Vesper. The decision took a while. I have wanted one for years, ( a Rushton sailing canoe) but what clinched it was deciding that the change from 40-60% humidity to the 15-25% we have out here in Reno would probably have disastrous effects of the planking as it shrunk. It would REALLY suck to spend that kind of cash only to have the planking split. Not to mention that there is NO ONE out thisaway that could repair it. That kind of repair is way beyond my meager skills.

    Mark
     
  10. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Not going West

    That's a very gracious sacrifice to make, concerning over the boat instead of the "win". These canoes are so precious, so beautiful. Collectively we need to make sure that they survive.
    Rushton boats need to be preserved.
     
  11. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    You know what the simple solution is Mark, you'll just have to move east. You can enjoy our humididy and just think of all the transportation costs you'll save... :D
     
  12. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Humidity and canoes

    I lived in Tucson, Arizona for several years and saw no ill effects on my wooden boats or antique wooden furniture as I moved there and back. This didn't include a 1886 Rushton lapstrake but there were no problems with a 1980s Old Town Molitor canoe with wood/fiberglass construction or a 1960s Struer Rapido 65 kayak with molded plywood construction. It would not cost much to run a humidifier if you were really concerned.

    Benson
     

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