1908 17’ Charles river AA grade with closed gunnels and an unknown maker 12’ square stern.
I was lucky to source some old long mahogany, so I’m hoping the Charles river is a beauty when finished.
The square stern is next- my 6 yr old boy is always wanting to go fishing and the bass boat scares me a bit to have him in it. He could easily walk off the deck and it only knows slow and too fast. I have an early 50’s Johnson 3 horse that I’m looking forward to rebuilding for it too.
I’m always looking out for a Chestnut prospector to rebuild as well.
Test paddle was a success. I was amazed how quiet the canoe its-my first time in a wood and canvas. When my helper wasn’t paddling I got a good feel for how it paddles with some weight up front. I really like it. The Bruce Smith paddle is a dandy too.
Cheeseandbeans, I doubt I’ll ever attempt a Wood Canvas refurbishment, but threads like this hold so much arcane history about WC canoes, and such a willing-to-share knowledge base, that I am continually fascinated.
Still, if I ever work on a 1948 canoe it will likely be an original Grumman.
Or, even better, my stolen 1960’s Monkey Wards Sea King. I still want that piece of family paddling history back. Hell, if I ever find it I want 25 years of rental fees.