I recently picked up a 1995 Mad River Courier. It is burgundy and the wood gunwales need to be replaced. I can take care of everything as far as that goes. However what I am hoping for is possibly some pictures of one with the gunwales in good condition. I am not sure how light/dark I want to go with the wood so I am seeing what others have done so I can get a idea. I am thinking of a medium stain.
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Old Mad River Catalog|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-14-14 11:58 AM (EST)
Posted by: idahokris on Jun-14-14 12:51 PM (EST)
Thanks but I have already seen that. What I am looking for is maybe more a long the lines of custom/restored boats that people have done along these lines. I essentially have a fresh boat to start with here. The Royalex is in great condition just most of the wood needs to be replaced.
Mad River gunwales|
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-14-14 1:01 PM (EST)
Mad River typically used unstained Vermont ash on their darker colored boats.
Posted by: idahokris on Jun-14-14 1:34 PM (EST)
Thank you that was a big help.
Royalex versus composite|
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-14-14 1:41 PM (EST)
I don't know if your boat is Royalex or composite. The MRC Explorer in the pictures was a Royalex boat.
With Burgandy, go light|
Posted by: yatipope on Jun-14-14 4:42 PM (EST)
With the deep burgundy color Mad River was using, certainly a light (natural) ash color will contrast beautifully. I had a MR Malecite with that combination and it was gorgeous!
You might find this helpful|
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-14-14 5:15 PM (EST)
if you have not rerailed a canoe before, and perhaps even if you have:
A little more info|
Posted by: idahokris on Jun-14-14 6:04 PM (EST)
I appreciate the extra info. To clear things up a little it is a burgundy royalex.
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Jun-15-14 7:29 AM (EST)
just a matter of taste.Any store that sells stains will have a sample board showing those they sell on a few different species of woods.
Color is not always controlled|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-15-14 10:01 AM (EST)
Posted by: idahokris on Jun-15-14 11:14 AM (EST)
It almost sounds like it would be wise to go with something between a light and medium stain so that as it ages it doesn't get to dark and still looks great.
My Old Kevlar Courier With Wood|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jun-16-14 8:22 PM (EST)
Here's an old pic or two. Miss that boat!