Old Town Tripper rehabbed and first paddle

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  1. camp43

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    I recently picked up a used canoe on Facebook Marketplace. It's an Old Town Tripper 17'2" circa 1984. It was in decent shape for it's age but needed a little sprucing up. Nothing major.

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    I put a little TLC into it and washed it down with Simple Green. Patched up the dings with Gflex Epoxy... replaced the thwart, yoke, seats and hardware.... Then applied 303 Aerospace Protectant. 20190630_161129.jpg 20190630_162347.jpg 20190630_162317.jpg 20190630_162438.jpg 20190707_123631.jpg 20190705_165813.jpg

    Took it out for a test paddle yesterday afternoon at a local lake. It's a pretty comfortable paddle even if it's a little slow and heavy to cartop. Can't wait to get it out in it again soon.
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    Trippers are great canoes. Love mine and hope you enjoy yours!
     
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    I've had a Tripper since about 1984. First canoe that I bought. Just had it in the water this past weekend. It's been a great canoe that I've used mostly for river tripping. Two years ago it went on a fly-in moose hunt with me in Ontario, strapped to the floats on the plane. That canoe is like an old friend. It's too bad that with the demise of Royalex, they won't ever be made from the same material again.
     
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    Nice work on the canoe, but the fish is crappie.
     
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    Very punny!
     
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    I like those seat hangers and the webbed ash seats. Great addition. Are the seat hangers from Ed's? Did they line up with the factory holes in the gunnels?
     
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    Nice Work!
     
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    Hi @WisconsinEric . I purchased the seat hangers and hardware from Essex Industries. https://www.essexindustries.org/. They came unfinished and I had to apply a few coats of Varathane Ultimate Spar Urethane before I installed them.

    I purchaed the "4" Standard Truss Spacers and 6" hardware set." If I had to do it again I'd probably get the 2.5" Canoe Seat Spacers. I ended up cutting the 4" down by an inch and may do a little more.

    The hangers also did not match up with factory seating holes in the gunnel. The webbed seats are a little narrower than the original plastic seats. I also ended up moving the bow seat about 2 inches toward the stern. I also moved the stern seat forward by about 3 inches. I may move it forward a bit more.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    that canoe is in phenomenal shape for a tripper that age!!! nice score
     
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    Oh dude....is that the best you can do?

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    Are my fish puns not up to scale?
     
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