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Ahoy! From the Wasatch Mountains of Utah

Discussion in 'Guestbook' started by Bob Melanson, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. Bob Melanson

    Bob Melanson New Member

    New member just introducing myself.
    I'm Bob and I live in Heber, Utah USA.
    I'm surrounded by a handful of state parks/ reservoirs that offer some fun sailing opportunities.
    Always wanted to build a sailing canoe. Now I'm going to make it happen.
    Please don't mind my poking around and learning from all of your experiences here.
    My current canoe is a 15 ft fiberglass. It's in great shape, but I'm not yet sure if it'll make the best sailer for me. I wish I knew the builder/ model info. If you have any suggestions of what you think it may be, please feel free to reply. Thanks!

  2. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    If it was made since 1975(?), it should have a Hull Identification Number (HIN) imprinted in the starboard stern, about 2" below the gunnel. You can then look up the Manufacturer's Identification Code (the first three characters of the HIN) here: Note that same older, no longer in business outfits have had their MICs re-used, so this system isn't absolute...

    You can also go to, where you can decode the HIN, to find the year of manufacture.
  3. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Welcome to the WCHA!

    Poking around is welcomed, as are questions, comments, observations, and pictures.
    What kind of construction are you thinking of -- traditional wood/canvas, plywood stitch and glue (kit or from scratch), skin on frame, stripper (fiberglass covered wood strips)?
  4. OP
    Bob Melanson

    Bob Melanson New Member

    Thank you for the suggestion.
    I searched around and found no identifying info.
    Must've been glassed or painted over or something.
  5. OP
    Bob Melanson

    Bob Melanson New Member

    I'm going to attempt to outfit my current fiberglass canoe with a balanced gaff rig, still trying to figure out the rudder and leeboard.
    This will be my first canoe conversion. For future builds, I would prefer wood. I feel I may be a little heavy for wood/ canvas combo.... but those boats are gorgeous and my favorite to look at.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020
  6. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The book at is a good place to start. Good luck and keep us posted as you go,

    Bob Melanson likes this.

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