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  The plot (& resin) thickens...
  Posted by: ohuigin on Jan-25-14 2:31 AM (EST)

So here's where I'm at with trying to figure out what materials this canoe was built with. Unfortunately the Navarro canoe website doesn't offer a whole lot in the way of materials used. Also, emails and phone calls to Navarro have gone unreturned thus far, leaving me with little to go on. However! I managed to figure out that Vernon's brother, Randy, still owns and builds Merrimack Canoes on the east coast. Now I'm assuming that Vernon and Randy were building canoes with the same materials at the beginning stages of both Merrimack and Navarro. Merrimack canoes look almost identical to Navarros. On Merrimack's website, they say that "early boats were built using polyester resin, later using vinylester resin."

All that being said, I agree. I'd rather not fix up the sole using spot-treatments. I'd rather sand down the rough edges and apply a resin coat to the entire sole. It especially needs it up at the edges of the hull where the gunwales cover it up.

Thank you for your suggestion and response!


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