To the contrary Bob... the original builders of these canoes may not have had 75+ years of service in mind, but everything on these canoes is replaceable. No reason it can't go another 75 once you're finished- presuming a modicum of care in storage. It's usually poor storage rather than abuse on the water which kills these! That and the dreaded 1/2 canoe bookshelf makers!!
Your project looks great. Whose filler and paint do you have in mind?
Thanks Pat. My mentor/friend and semiretired builder uses Gluvit (waterproof epoxy sealer) and west systems thickener to make it sandable. Given the time of year and mostly unheated space, I think it would be my best choice. I can keep it warm enough to kick off and it will cure much quicker than any traditional filler.
I will go with Interlux or Kirby paint. Thinking a dark red or blue.
Those ribs look great, nice work. The planking is super neat too. I never used Gluvit on my canoes but I helped my friend Bob apply it to a few canoes at Schuyler's shop back when, fast drying and very nice finished surface.
I have seen a freshly finished 50lb'er, beautiful canoe.
I took advantage of the warmer weather today and gave it a good scrubbing out. The stripped hull sitting in my wood shop for a long time had built up quite a bit of crud that compressed air and a tack rag wouldn’t lift. I am hoping to do a little wood tone matching and varnish soon.
Thanks Pat. It has been a good learning experience. The next one will be easier. I was a bit ambitious on this one- it was a wreck. There are a couple areas I wish came out better, but hopefully aren’t too noticeable when completed.
Yes, looking forward to a dedicated solo and my two packs should fit nicely.