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  Wenonah Spirit
  Posted by: plaidpaddler on Dec-25-12 1:35 PM (EST)
 

this hull is sort of my specialty. The Spirit has recurved ends, Spirit II has angled stems. Fiberglass construction on Spirits, they were pre Tuffweave, can be tan painted inside or clear. If its gel coated outside it will be tan inside. They did make core stiffened glass hulls that were clear-coated. You can see right thru the hull on the sides and everywhere except where the core and ribs stiffen the hull. The least expensive versions were "extra-stiffened". Extra glass layers with woven roving on the inside. No core or ribs. These were high-60s#. Cross-rib fiberglass and center-rib fiberglass were low 60# range. Kevlar cross-rib and center-rib were low to mid 50# range, and core-stiffened kevlar hulls were low 40#range. Cross-rib kevlar hulls are natural kevlar inside, and one kept outside for almost 30 would be pretty dark inside and easily confused with a painted interior. But kevlar hulls of that vintage had Dupont Kevlar stickers on the hulls near the stern.
The HIN plates were inscribed and over the years the lettering might have worn enough that MFP becomes SP. I can't put a year on the change from Spirit to Spirit II.It was mid-80"s. the Spirit was out of the catalog when the Spirit II was introduced, but Spirits were made to order till the mold wore out so a 1987 might be a Spirit. The telling factor is the stems, recurve or angled. With a Spirit the recurved ends could give a measurement from end cap to end cap shorter than 17".
The Spirit is a great canoe, better than the Spirit II IMHO. They don't appear on the used market very often. Owners just don't replace them; they may add other hulls to their fleet, but keep their Spirits.
Bill

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