I went up to a buddy's "camp" (off-grid shack and privy) in the Adirondacks last week. There was a 50-year old Grumman covered with leaves and sticks. We pulled it out and emptied all the crap out of it. Bingo, pristine canoe, not a dent in it, ready to paddle. No rotten gunwhales or thwarts, no shredded cane seats, just a canoe ready to use. I know canoe technology has long by-passed aluminum hulls, but there's beauty in no maintenance, ready-to-go.
We took the tin boat over to Little Tupper and paddled it a couple days. My buddy said it is the first time the boat was ever off-campus and paddled anywhere other than Long Pond. It paddled nicely, no flexing or oil-canning that I could detect, and, for a 17' boat, on the portage trail the Grumman was a heck of lot lighter than my Tripper. It's not a 40 lb Wenonah by any means, but I was pleasantly surprised at what a nice canoe it was. I will no longer look down my nose on these venerable old boats.
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My Mothers Canoe|
Posted by: dougd on Oct-01-13 2:57 PM (EST)
She bought used back in the 80's and it was an Areo something or other. She still had it and used it up until she passed. I brought it home and pounded out a few dents she put in it, redid the seats and passed it on to my sister who still uses to this day with her daughter and friends. I know these boats have a lot to be desired by today's standards of canoe hulls but honestly they still have there place!
alu canoes also make|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-01-13 3:42 PM (EST)
fine compost containers. We had our honey pot contents composting in one, complete with skull and crossbones on it. Between composting seasons, someone took it on a lark.
An ABS hull holds the heat in better. |
Posted by: g2d on Oct-01-13 6:30 PM (EST)
yes but, ...|
Posted by: booztalkin on Oct-01-13 6:57 PM (EST)
An ABS hull won't give you a sun burn on the underside of your legs like an aluminum hull can!
Glad to hear it.|
Posted by: spiritboat on Oct-01-13 7:09 PM (EST)
Posted by: CEWilson on Oct-01-13 10:16 PM (EST)
I think the main merit of aluminum canoes involves a chain saw. After a major chunking up the pieces can be re-sized with the chain saw and fed to a Golden Goat. The proceeds'll allow the owner to buy a round for the house at his /her favorite roadhouse on a Friday night. 'Can't say that about RX or Kevlar!
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Oct-02-13 8:51 AM (EST)
A Jack of All's Made Returns To Canned Beans
got their strong points|
Posted by: c2g on Oct-02-13 9:22 AM (EST)
They are inexpensive. They will last for a long time with minimal care. They will get you on the water. Used ones are available for a relatively low price. They can provide a lifetime of enjoyment.
Mandatory for river clean ups|
Posted by: Djo on Oct-02-13 9:42 AM (EST)
Every year we get a couple of hundred volunteers and gather together every aluminum rental canoe within the state to clean up one of our rivers. Can you imagine lashing two Kevlar canoes together to float an old truck frame, or an earth mover tire, or a heat exchanger from a steam engine out of the river valley? After the final collapse of civilization I suspect that old aluminum canoes will still be used. They may be ugly but have you ever tried beating the dents out of a composite boat with a log in the wilderness?
A lot to recommend them|
Posted by: PJC on Oct-02-13 4:35 PM (EST)
Yes, river clean-ups. And check out the news reports next time a river near you floods. Note what folks use to bring food to stranded families who are "sticking it out" in the flood plain or what they're using to evacuate folks or transport their valuables to safety. If its a canoe at all, its probably aluminum. Not so many kevlar Wenonahs or royalex playboats serving the function.
Posted by: Canuka on Oct-03-13 9:39 AM (EST)
That's a good one. I never thought of that.
Posted by: ppine on Oct-03-13 12:33 PM (EST)
I still like wood boats, but aluminum has started to win me over. I used to have a wood drift boat, but it started to delam and I punched some holes in it. Next driftboat will be aluminum. I have a nice 19 foot power boat with an aluminum hull and an outboard that does everything. I have one wood and canvas canoe that would be hard to part with.
Posted by: bigspencer on Oct-02-13 6:57 PM (EST)
Have an aluminum 17 footer|
Posted by: ness on Oct-06-13 5:12 PM (EST)