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Hello paddling world!
I've been making some decent progress on bringing the Navarro Legacy back to life. You can check out the photos by visiting the photo bucket link here:: http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/ohuigin/library/Navarro%20Restoration. One major speed bump in the restoration was the gunwales. Unfortunately I was unable to locate any single ash boards greater than 12' in length, and rather than going with a softer wood of the right length, I opted to grab multiple boards of 8' ash and will be putting them together with a scarf joint. I know, less than ideal, but I really didn't have a whole lot of options out here on the west coast.
Another major snag that I'm hoping someone with a Navarro might be able to help me out with, are the rub rails for both the bow and stern (they are identical, though, as far as I can tell). I've been trying to get Navarro Canoe Co. to ship a pair to me, however they are not willing to do so, as they don't see it "cost effective." So? I must fabricate my own brass rub rails. If anyone in the community has a Navarro, or has had one and has some photos of the brass rub rails that they wouldn't mind sending me some photos and/or specifications of, it would be greatly appreciated. I've also talked with Merrimack, however it appears that the design is dissimilar enough that their rub rails won't work on the vintage Navarro.
Thanks for all of your help!
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Eds Canoe offers ash replacement |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-18-14 12:00 AM (EST)
gunwales with modified scarf joints. Yours might be more "invisible" if you're lucky. Try to select pieces where the growth rings per inch are similar, so the joints are less visible. Ed's version:
Gunwales - scarf joins and epoxy|
Posted by: ohuigin on Apr-18-14 11:15 AM (EST)
Thanks for the tip! Speaking of scarf joints, anyone have a tried and true method for thickening epoxy?
I thicken West 105/205 with colloidal |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-19-14 3:21 PM (EST)
silica, also supplied by West.
Is this the stuff?|
Posted by: ohuigin on Apr-24-14 5:53 PM (EST)
I think I found what you're talking about: http://www.westsystem.com/ss/assets/Product-Images/655-8-pkg-outlined.jpg
Yes, that's it. Explore the variety of |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-24-14 6:15 PM (EST)
West products that West Marine carries.
Navarro Legacy restoration|
Posted by: navarrocanoes on Apr-18-14 10:57 PM (EST)
We love to see our canoes back on the water. Glad to know you are making the effort to make that happen. Your project pictures are awesome and inspiring. We did talk with you about the brass pieces. Unfortunately, each canoe is unique and so fitting a new brass piece on an old canoe is an extremely challenging prospect. If we could make it happen, we would have been glad to. Hope your repairs go smoothly and you have many happy paddles in your restored Legacy.
Posted by: ohuigin on Apr-22-14 11:37 PM (EST)
Posted by: navarrocanoes on Apr-24-14 9:20 PM (EST)
So glad a friend can help you. We are going to try to scan and e-mail a rough sketch of what you could aim for.
Attaching the Brass|
Posted by: NavarroCanoes on Apr-24-14 10:26 PM (EST)
Could you send your email address to NavarroCanoe@Yahoo.com and we will send a rough sketch of the brass stem piece. It attaches with two #8 x 2" brass screws that screw into a wood stem block and one #6 x 3/4" brass screw that just goes into the deck.