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Almost done with the Charles River. My first WC canoe and restoration.

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Aravenguide, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. Aravenguide

    Aravenguide Maine Guide

    Finally after several months of work in a dark cold and damp barn in New Hampshire with no light and raining bat guano, I managed to get my 1914 Old Town Charles River canoe back into serviceable shape. Made a ton of mistakes over the process, but concidering that I had no boatbuilding, carpentry, painting, canoe restoration experience I am very happy with the results. I learned a ton in the project, wish I had the room, and money to do more, but happy to see this one survive to float again.

    This site and Jerry at Island Falls were very helpful, as was the Chestnut canoe book that was recommended.

    Just have a few more coats of varnish, the decal and need to find some inexpensive painters rings then it will be done. Planning on paddling down the same river it was launched in 1915 in West Swansea, NH as a maiden voyage.

    Last edited: Jul 23, 2020
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  2. toolbox

    toolbox Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Looks Great! Finished my first effort in June. early condition.jpg 20200626_123033.jpg 20200626_123228.jpg 20200619_123336.jpg
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  3. toolbox

    toolbox Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Got my painter rings from two sources. Jamestown Dist. has brass eye straps (not cheap) . Ace hardware has brass rings. Less than half of cost for "set".
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  4. OP

    Aravenguide Maine Guide

    Beautiful! Thank you for the info, ended up getting the stuff from Hamilton Marine in Maine

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