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  Posted by: thebob.com on Oct-15-12 3:00 PM (EST)
 

-- Last Updated: Oct-15-12 3:08 PM EST --

A good place for you to do some research(beside pnet), is the Wood Canoe Heritage Association.

Speaking for myself, I would not even consider venturing a guess on your canoe's worth; having never seen it, and knowing nothing about it's condition.

Several years ago, I purchased an early 1960s, wood/canvas, Chestnut Pal for approximately $250.00. Generally speaking it was in very good condition; it did have issues with a few ribs, and the canvas needed to be replaced.
I got it for that price, which I considered to be(a steal of a deal) because the seller(grandson of the canoe's original owner)knew that I intended to restore the canoe. The seller was the one who suggested the price I paid for the canoe..........

I got a bargain deal with the restorer, with help from a friend who used the restorer on a regular basis.
When the restoration was done, and the initial cost of the canoe was added to the restoration cost; I had a total of approx. $1,000.00 invested.
Again, I considered that (a steal of a deal), and I still do.

Restoration can be very expensive.It is not too difficult to spend more than the canoe will be worth after it's restoration, if you aren't careful.Some canoes that have not been well cared for over the years can turn into money pits.

There is no gurantee that a buyer will not turn the canoe into bookcases after they own it, but those people will typically make a ridiculously low offer.

I still own my fully restored, thousand dollar Chestnut. No plans for it to be "book cased" anytime in the near future.

BOB


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