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Salvage old boats for canoe wood?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Brad Fisher, Aug 27, 2021.

  1. Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Anybody had luck with salvaging wood from old boats for canoe parts? I ran across this Thistle boat the other day ... free for the taking, like most old wooden racing boats that can't keep up. I'm thinking I could harvest some nice old spruce from the spars and rails. Also, the trailer! BSHDWMEVQL2UNpbhPAxsoA.jpg
     
  2. Mud Bug

    Mud Bug Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Seems to me it's like burning down a house for the nails. But what do I know?
     
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  3. OP
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    Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Well, no one wants to live in this house. And the price of nails (ie wood) makes it an interesting thing to ponder. I expect there’s some beautiful usable spruce in those spars and rails and maybe bulkheads that you just can’t find it anywhere at any price. But then what do I know?
     
  4. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Brad
    You are not totally off base. I often use reclaimed planking from a “donor” canoe. Brand new red cedar planks look out of place in a vintage canoe and staining to match is not always easy.
    However I don’t really see any wood on the boat that you posted that would be useful for a canoe.
     
  5. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    The real cost is the time spent removing what you want and getting rid of the remaining pieces once you take what you want.
    Here, that trailer is junk, as is the boat. Not sure about your location.
    I wouldn't touch it.
     
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  6. dhansen

    dhansen Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Personally, I'd give someone else a chance to own a potentially beautiful little boat. Chopping up the rig for salvage doesn't make sense. If all the wood in the mast is good it's worth far more whole than the wood you might get out of it.
     
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    Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I do hope someone steps up to rescue it, but in my experience there’s not a lot of love for old racing boats.
     
  8. dhansen

    dhansen Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Where is it Brad?
     
  9. OP
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    Brad Fisher

    Brad Fisher Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Sitting in front of The Lawson Center, a boat museum in Bemus Point, NY (Chautauqua Lake.) I can provide contact info to anyone interested.
     

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