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Merrimack gunwales

Discussion in 'Open Forum' started by Jim Allenspach, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. Jim Allenspach

    Jim Allenspach Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I'm rehabing a 16' Merrimack and am unsure about the wood in the gunwales. The web site says they use cherry for the decks and gunwales. I agree on the decks. Badly oxidized but sound and cleaned up nicely. But the gunwales seems too light to be cherry. I sanded a chunk...dry-rotted so they mostly fell off...and the wood underneath is pink. Can cherry have so much dry-rot that it feels light, like Doug fir? The decks curved in a nice arc, not like the current grip-style.


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