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  Adirondack Canoes
  Posted by: dougd on Dec-17-13 7:36 PM (EST)
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On CL there is an Adirondack Canoe that I might want to pick up as a fixer upper but I can't seem to find much info on them. Reminds me of the old Stowe Canoes with ribs and a nice line to it. No mention of width, length, or model. Anyone have the skinny on this boat?



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  I Had
  Posted by: pgeorg on Dec-19-13 6:50 AM (EST)
A Stowe Mansfield - this is not one of those. The Mansfield had recurved ends. Other than that it looks about the same.

I bought mine as a basket case for 200 bucks and fixed it up. I used it for a number of years and when I went to sell it I was bummed that I could only get $350 for it. These boats, with the faux ribs, are pretty but not many people want them.

  Nice boat
  Posted by: plaidpaddler on Dec-19-13 12:14 PM (EST)
This hull is an imitation of the Merrimack/Navarro layup. Better than the Stowe Mansfield. The laced seats and the hull interior are dead copies. With your experience it should not be too bad of a fix. Question is whether the hull is torn. As long as the ribs and cloth are solid under where the gunwales took the whack, this will be a nice fixer-upper that will look great when done. And not too bad to paddle.
Somewhere in my archives i have some information on this short lived company. i will post information if i can remember to research for you.
  Thanks Bill
  Posted by: dougd on Dec-19-13 1:18 PM (EST)
If you do find something that would be great. I'm still mulling it over.

  Looks like a challenging project, Doug.
  Posted by: Steve_in_Idaho on Dec-19-13 12:22 PM (EST)
I had a Navarro - which is similar in appearance, if not construction. FWIW, one of the reasons I have since avoided the Navarro and Merrimack brands is that false-rib construction. They are gorgeous - too pretty for use by someone like me. But they are also more maintenance-intensive (the Navarro, at least) than, say, a Mad River composite.

That repair job looks like it will be pretty difficult to pull of and leave it looking nice - but I bet you are up to it. The price seems high to me though for such a damaged boat. Most buyers will be scared off by the damage though, so maybe you can get it for much less.


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