Hey everyone. I've recently acquired an older wenonah canoe. The gunnals are completely rotted and I will be replacing them with aluminum. The outwales were very easy to remove, but the inwales are glued and very difficult to remove. Has anyone encountered this? And if so what would your recommendation be for removal? Is there any sort of solvent I could use? I have been slowly sawing away pieces, but it's taking FOREVER!!
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Posted by: mintjulep on Apr-15-13 7:55 PM (EST)
Doesn't sound like completely rotted if they are so difficult to remove.
Inner gunwales glued? |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-15-13 8:33 PM (EST)
I'm surprised to hear that. My canoes with wood gunwales, a Mad River and a Millbrook, have no glue under the gunwales. The only fastening is screws.
Posted by: pblanc on Apr-15-13 9:48 PM (EST)
Some makers bonded gunwales to the hulls of some of their boats. I know Mad River did this with some models in the past. I didn't know Wenonah did, but there is also the possibility that this boat was rerailed.
I wonder if one of those vibrator|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-15-13 9:51 PM (EST)
cutter things could be carefully run right along the inner hull.
Posted by: clarion on Apr-15-13 9:58 PM (EST)
I was thinking that too. I have one and I bet it would work. If I had one when I had a wenonah with rotten epoxied-in inwales I would have tried it instead of sending the boat along.
jigsaw with guide to start ........|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Apr-15-13 10:39 PM (EST)
glued gunwales, yes|
Posted by: hodtay on Apr-15-13 10:49 PM (EST)
I replaced the outwales on a Wenonah Itasca canoe. The Itasca sat upside down on saw horses for several years in the shade but also in the weather. I guess the water ran down the hull and over time rotted the outwales beyond repair. The inwales were in good enough shape to save. It's a good thing because the inwales were stuck to the hull, probably glued or epoxied.
Posted by: LPPaddle on Apr-16-13 8:08 AM (EST)
Thank you everyone for your advice. My boat was stored in the same way. The outside rails practically fell off, but the inside is glued tight. It is an '88 solitude. Kevlar w./ a gel Coat. I'd feel safer with the oscillating cutter. I think it would be easy for the jigsaw to get away from ya. Either way I got a project on my hands.
Things that cut / things that wedge|
Posted by: CEWilson on Apr-16-13 8:37 AM (EST)
I wouldn't use anything that cuts. A little tilt will leave holes i the skittle shear.