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Older Fifty Pounders question

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by chris pearson, Nov 27, 2021.

  1. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Hi folks. I have long been a fan of older Fifty Pounders, perfect design and higher sheer at the ends. Question though, this one has pretty thin ribs and about half of them are broken from hard use at a Girl Scout camp. We’re these thinner ribs typical? This thing needs everything! Lol.
     

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  2. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Wow, Chris, you're brave! That's a tough one, but I know you'll make it great again. I've restored several 50 pounders from various years and I don't recall any of them having particularly thin ribs. I'll check the one I still have when I get back to it shortly. Do you have the build record for this one? If so, does it say anything about being built extra light?
     
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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    No mention of thinner ribs in the build document. Hey, this is what the club is all about, saving canoes, one by one.
     
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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    It measures in at just over 1/4” for the thickness.
     
  5. Howie

    Howie Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Yup. Working on a 11ft 50 Pounder at the moment. I'm replacing all inner & outer rails, both stems, 3/4 of the ribs, and a bunch of planking. Builds character!
    I measure 0.27" thick ribs, and 0.14" thick planking. I figure they had to shave off material somewhere to call it '50 Pounder' - though likely it was only the 11 ft version that actually weighed close to 50#.
     
  6. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Chris,
    Hi buddy!
    The 50 lber’s that I’ve restored had 1/4” ribs and 1/8” planks.
    The correct tack to use would be 1/2”.
    The one I own was from a girl’s camp. Lotsa broken ribs and punctured planks.
     
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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Thanks guys. I have a 1954 AA grade Fifty Pounder and I guess I didn’t notice the rib thickness difference. The ‘37 that I’m doing is very light! It’s also 1” narrower than my ‘54. Make sense? I am really loving the lines of this older boat!!
     
  8. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    I didn't notice, or at least commit to memory, either. Here's a photo I just made of the 1937 catalog page for the 50#.
     

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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Thanks Michael. This answers the questions! Extreme width outside rib to rib do you suppose? Mine is 33 1/3”.
     
  10. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    I remember the other one you did. And wasn't it a basket case too?
     
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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Yes Dave, not quite as many broken ribs.
     
  12. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    Well, that one is stunning. Even more-so with me in it.
     
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    chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    An iconic photo at that David!! And thank you!
     
  14. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    You crack me up.
     

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