Put a down payment of a used cedarstrip canoe today. 16 foot, 35 inch beam at the waterline, 33 at gunwales (yup, tumblehome), 12 inches deep with 16 inches at the bow and stern. She needs new gunwales and the glassin' sanded and cleaned but she is all pretty white cedar and about 30 years old. Pick up at the end of April.
Found it in Kijji out at Harvey Lake, $400. Pictures to follow once I get it. His father built it and he said it was an Adironack (sic) Lakehead model.
I never paddled a wood canoe or a one with tumblehome before should be interesting. Hopefully, it will prove to be lighter than my 75 pound OT Guide.
When the water is low in July, I am planning to smooth the glass as it has several runs and some cross hatch pattern showing, adding brass stem bands as it was made without an exterior stem band. I will also add a deep dish contoured yoke, and a soloing thwart. Finally, new ash gunwales and new brass painter rings.
Where is a good local Fredericton source for 18 foot ash planks?
18' ash is hard to come by. They may have a piece out at Ridgeview www.ridgecedarltd.ca/ bur really, for a cedar stripper you might just as well scarf to shorter pieces together. Done right it will be just as good.