I searched the message board for anything referencing repairs and restoration of older canoes. I recently picked up a 13' Mansfield. I have a lot to learn before restoring anything but for starters I wanted know what "not to do." The vessel is ready to float and a majority of the repair would be for cosmetics. Any help or advice in this area would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Posted by: ppine on Oct-24-13 4:44 PM (EST)
If we are talking wood and canvas the WCHA is your main source. The Wooden Heritage Canoe Assoc.
look at the WCHA|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-24-13 4:55 PM (EST)
ribs , floor ??|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Oct-24-13 9:00 PM (EST)
.... Are any of those thin ribs seperating from the glass hull ??
Posted by: Andrew1 on Oct-25-13 5:47 PM (EST)
Thankfully the ribs appear to be in perfect condition. The resin or fiberglass also appear to be top notch. No cracks or bubbles at all. I checked all of the ribs and there isn't any separation at all. The wood trim and keel may just need a light sanding and a coat of something. I am pretty surprised about the condition of this boat. I am definitely a rookie in the canoe game and I think I may have stumbled upon something pretty nice. If I paint it should I stick to the original color scheme? Would painting it a different color scheme be a crime?
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Oct-25-13 9:13 PM (EST)
oh nooooo , don't paint it ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Oct-25-13 9:27 PM (EST)
...... the paint will just get all scratched up with a zillion line scrapes in no time flat ... paint (any paint) , is soft stuff and mares way to easily ... it'll end up looking like crap .
Thanks for all of the advice|
Posted by: Andrew1 on Oct-26-13 4:42 PM (EST)
Thank you all for the help and advice. I am taking it out for the first time today and as long as I don't wind up on the bottom I will consider the day a success.