4 years ago when this bad looking crew found a Chestnut Ogilvy on it's side in the woods in a cedar swamp when we pulled over to recycle some beer.
The boat was in rough shape. I should have left it, but it was so water logged that the wood swelled and it was actually pretty water tight. I spent a lot of money and time and it looks good, but weighs 120lbs. Retirement project to tear into her again.
Beautifull lines though. This boat was made by Chestnut specifically for the miramichi with xtra thick and wide ribs and 5 keels on the bottom. It is a flat bottom cruiser. I know more about these boats and their care than I ever would have imagined.
It is a highly rewarding, money losing love affair. Sounds familiar eh Pete
awesome looking canoe. reminds me of the canoe my parents and I used to use every weekend when I was growing up. You can't beat a wooden/fibreglass canoe, except for the weight! I'm not even sure where my dad's old canoe is now. Must be up in the boat shed somewhere.
"As long as the river still runs to the sea, Hey Lucky You, Lucky Me"---Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea
I have been mesmerized by the lines of that Ogilvy. And it is New Brunswick. Have you ever heard the long winded alleged history of that boat and how it came to be? Bill Miller up in Riley Brook claims that his father first created that shape. The Chestnut family had been up in the Tobique area and observed his fathers boat and basically stole the lines. The Chestnuts were acquaintances with Jack Ogilvy who was a guide in the Nictau area. Jack used and critiqued the Chestnuts boats as he was a well respected and capable outdoorsman and guide so they named the boat after him. Funny enough, the boat evolved in design to be particular to the Miramichi. Mine is a 1940's vintage canoe, late 40's. extra extra wide and thick ribs. Mine had 5 keels down the bottom of it. All because of that rock pile of a river. Wide, stable and flat it is a poling boat built to take some abuse.
If I ever get a hold on sitting down and canoeing I'll advance to standing up but I can't see that happening for a while.
Post by gnashwalker on Jul 8, 2006 11:13:05 GMT -5
It's actually tippy when two people are paddling it. I took my wife on the river last week, and I had to sit very still or the boat would rock dangerously, and I wasn't eager to tip my silver-tongued sweetie into the drink.
But when I paddle solo, I sit on the front seat facing the stern, and it is incredibly stable. It is meant to be poled and fished from standing up, and is a joy to paddle in this way.
The Ogilvy is a great canoe . I've owned 5 over the years , from 16' to 20' . I have three at this time , two 20s and an 18' . One of my 20's is a restoration project , and should be in the water this summer .
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