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Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by Rod Tait (Orca Boats), May 18, 2016.

  1. Rod Tait (Orca Boats)

    Rod Tait (Orca Boats) Designer/Builder

    Pick up this old Peterborough yesterday for $100. No serial # that I can see. Does not look like it had any seats (ever) Narrow planking with bevel lap and a single nail through overlaps. Many narrow ribs that are rounded. No inwale. Narrow and long canoe so look like rather unstable comparatively speaking and previous owner states same. Plan to strip off paint, repair broken and rotten wood, new outer stem and varnish the #$% out of it and consider it for display only as I don't think it will ever swell up to keep water out. Has not seen water for over 40 years. Any thoughts on what was original and maybe what is should look like. (sorry about photos but software want to rotate)

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  2. Gil Cramer

    Gil Cramer The wooden canoe Shop, Inc.

    With a new keelson, stripping, and lots of varnish this canoe should float. Rather unstable corresponds to fast.
  3. OP
    Rod Tait (Orca Boats)

    Rod Tait (Orca Boats) Designer/Builder

    I have all the parts, some of which need some minor repair, but there are some large gaps in some of the planking due to damage. I am considering not repairing since I think it will deter from the look of the original planking. We will see once done how much water it will take up or take on as the case may be.
  4. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Sink it in a lake for a while and then check the gaps.

  5. Gil Cramer

    Gil Cramer The wooden canoe Shop, Inc.

    Planking gaps can be filled with varnish and wood flour. Years ago I refinished a really rough Peterborough. It was so bad that someone had inserted cotton caulking between the planks. I removed all the cotton, stripped it inside and out and varnished profusely. Between the planks I applied a mixture of varnish and wood flour. It looked pretty good( relatively speaking). I guaranteed it to leak, but the owner called to tell me that It didn't leak at all. I'm certain that it leaked within a short time, but it was usable.
  6. OP
    Rod Tait (Orca Boats)

    Rod Tait (Orca Boats) Designer/Builder

    Planking structure

    There are no gaps between the planking since the planks are overlapped with a bevel on both faces. The problem is where the planking is broken completely leaving holes too large to fill and I don't want to replace the planking as I think it will detract from the history of the boat. This will be more evident once I strip it and see what we have left as far as gaps but I don't want to rebuild the boat. Would be nice if it did swell up once done, but bet it will not to point of paddling it.
    Planking structure.jpg

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