Being the sucker for punishment that i am, i picked up a very old Old Town Tripper. Not sure what they were thinking when they thought white vinyl trim would look nice. Needless to say i had no second thoughts in ripping it off.
the ugly duckling:
Seats came out 1st, looks better already.
ever wonder what was under your plastic decks?
The only thing holding these canoes together are rivets. Unfortunately if you want to remove the vinyl gunwales, there are about a million of them. Not hard, just more work than i anticipated.
White trim and seats gone and the canoe now has potential.
I made 3 gunwales (4th on its way later) and fitted them on to one side. Been awhile since i put any on a canoe, forgot they bend much easier if they are longer than the canoe by at least a foot....
I purposely did not run the inner gunwales all the way to the tip, the other end was short by another inch or two.
Intention was to screw a deck on the top similar to the Mad river set up. My design on the fly approach didn't work, needed more inner gunwale near the tip and bending the inner gunwale without steam was tough. Considered redoing the inwale to the proper length (lot of work for a few inches of wood).
Opted for a different deck design, more traditional too.
Traced out a template for the new deck:
A few minutes with the bandsaw and i had a deck:
Bending the ends of the gunwales is tough by yourself but if you use a length of scrap to provide leverage it works nicely.
Still have to do some grab handles and the other deck then get out the belt sander.
I picked up a new to me canoe on Friday, The duckling is now surplus. I have a couple people interested in it, but if they pass on it then it will be for sale. It's old, ugly and nice looking all in one package .
Best of all it's a classic Tripper. price negotiable, comes w/2 Carlisle paddles if required.