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1953 Otca

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Brly, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. Brly

    Brly Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I finished up the rebuild of this 18' 1953 OT Otca at the end of March. Finally got it out of the basement yesterday for some photos. Weight is 85-90 lbs(!). This is my first wood canvas canoe. Just a few ribs needed to be replaced, backside repair on a couple others. New ash gunwales, in and out. Tips were rebuilt. Made new ash seat frames and caned them. Added carry thwarts to bow and stern. Matte Epiphanes varnish, canvas and Kirby See Red paint. Learned a lot and it's far from perfect. I have a 1937 18' Guide to do next that's in a lot better shape. Cant wait!
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  2. Norm Hein

    Norm Hein Canoe Codger

    Looks fantastic!
  3. OP

    Brly Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Got the family out for the first paddle today. Great weather. No leaks and and it paddles fairly well. Good and stable which is good for the kids. They did well, the youngest even slept for about an hour. Glad to hear them ask when we're going again!
  4. shelldrake

    shelldrake LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Nice job.............and nice to see a young family out in a W & C canoe!
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  5. mmmalmberg

    mmmalmberg LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Inspiring, hope to have mine done before the end of summer!
  6. OP

    Brly Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    It was a slow process for me, but worthwhile. Went for a paddle on the river last weekend. Had to walk it upstream once. Coming back down was fun, the girls had a ball going over some rollers. Didn't catch anything, but had a nice lunch on a beautiful day.
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  7. Howie

    Howie Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Can you tell me which Kirby paint you used?
  8. OP

    Brly Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I used 2 coats of Kirby primer and then 3 or 4 coats of Kirby #08 See Red.
  9. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    I like see red too. I buy several cans at a time.

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