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Penn Yan Autocanoe

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Howie, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. Howie

    Howie Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Just finished a Penn Yan Auto Canoe for my friend Todd. At 10' long it's a bath tub! Weighs all of 38#. Serial # CA-158 doesn't really tell the age other than it being from before 1947. Todd says he bought it last year from a fella in Vermont in his 80s who remembers being in the canoe when he was maybe 4 years old.

    There are no seats so you'd have to paddle in a kneeling position. Todd isn't a huge guy, but I thought the planking to be a bit thin to handle the resulting stress where he'd be kneeling, so with his permission I added some half-ribs to the aft end.

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    BTW, this is the canoe I had mentioned in a previous Thread about wrinkles appearing in the canvas. The wrinkles were caused by my canvassing technique: Due the extreme hull profile change in a short distance (note the stubby decks) I needed to slit the fore & aft canvas 'flaps' much further down the stem toward the bottom of the canoe. I replaced the canvas, and voila, no wrinkles. Live & learn...
    Shari Gnolek likes this.
  2. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    That's more like it! It came out nicely.
    It is definitely a chubby little could be handy for duck hunting as long as you only take two or three decoys along.
  3. Just1moredave

    Just1moredave Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks for mentioning that. I had something similar happen on my first canvas attempt. I hope I fixed it on my second try.

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