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Kayak Info Request

Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by KATMAAN, Jul 6, 2014.


    KATMAAN New Member

    I just purchased this Kayak from an estate. It is made of canvas covered plywood with aluminum ribs and has a 1948-49 Evinrude outboard.

    I'm guessing it was made sometime in the 40's.

    As a teen, I had a very similar Kayak that my dad was given and we rebuilt it and enjoyed it for a number of years.

    My question is, does anyone know if these were kits or sold ready to go?

    Who made manufactured them?

    I'm also interested in selling it

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  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Aluminum ribs and wood stringers were the typical construction method for Mead Gliders of Chicago. They were typically sold as kits.
  3. OP

    KATMAAN New Member

    Thanks for the info, Dan.

    I'll research that company...
  4. Gil Cramer

    Gil Cramer The wooden canoe Shop, Inc.

    Most of the kits were constructed skin-on-frame without any plywood .
  5. OP

    KATMAAN New Member

    Gil, Yes, I had one when I was teen it was mad of wood slats and aluminum ribs covered with canvas. When I rebuilt it, I used airplane dope on the canvas. It became tight as a drum.

    This one has the same r]aluminum ribs but is totally plywood with canvas over that. It's quite a bit heavier then the one I had in Highchool...

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