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What are you paddling?

Discussion in 'Paddling' started by Skab, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. keviincoffey

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    Yup, I pretty much want every boat posted in this thread... The dream is to buy a small shack on some lake somewhere and have a boathouse five times the size of the house.

    I just bought a Kevlar Wenonah Wee Lassie 12' a couple of weeks ago. (Stewart's Creek, Luzerne, NY)
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    My first boat I bought was a Native Watercraft Manta Ray 12' back in 2007. Which I still use when I'm running small streams with lots of rocks. I've beat it to crap and it still works like the first day I got it. (Millstone River, Kingston, NJ)
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    Got a Royalex Mad River Explorer 17' at an auction earlier this year for $300. It was covered in bird shit in the rafters of a barn, could barely make out if it was any good or not. Took it home and cleaned it up and it's a beaut. Barely used and all the wood and seats were in great condition. (Rockaway Creek, Whitehouse Station, NJ)
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    Other boats we have in the family (owned by my pops) are a Royalex Old Town Penobscot 16' (Nick's Lake, Old Forge, NY)
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    A Native Watercraft Ultimate 12' (Crosswicks Creek, New Egypt, NJ)
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    My Father's Placid Rapidfire/Spitfire/Somesortoffire that I envy (Fourth Lake, Luzerne, NY)
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    Royalex Old Town Pack (Millstone River, Kingston, NJ)
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    And some old 16' Fiberglass Canoe that was my father's first boat that doesn't get much use anymore pictured in the back here because I can't remember the last time it touched water. Bonus peek of our canoe trailer in the back as well.
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    and an old wood canvas Old Town dated to the 1920s sometime which I don't have any pictures of and it's it pretty poor shape. Always looking to add to the fleet...
     

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    Yeah, same here... I just picked up Beavertail's "spare" Chestnut Chum... won't see it til September when I get up to NY, but hopefully will have some great photos to show off when I get back.

    And I'm pretty sure that's a Rapidfire... the Spitfire is shorter, though hard to tell from the pic. Those are some incredible canoes...
     
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    My new ride. A Swift Prospector 16 in Carbon Innegra Textreme on it's maiden voyage, 8 days in Algonquin PP
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    Sweeper! What a great new boat!
     
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    Old Town Penobscot 16 Royalex, my wife and I are paddling this one a few times a week in a local lake. It seems to be getting heavier as I age. If I were getting another tandem, it would be a Northwoods Polaris. IMG_2494.JPG
     
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    Here is my son in my new Kayak. Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game II - 2017 edition.

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    That is sexy as all heck!
     
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    The Old Town on the right is my water horse.
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    My wife is telling me that she's about done portaging the Old Towns with me, and I'm sympathetic. Super sturdy immortal hulls, but your body pays the price every time it has to support the weight of the boat. There's a pair of solo PBW RapidFires in our future by next Summer, I think.
     
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    Nice boats... If either of you are small enough, they also have a SpitFire model that weighs about 15lbs... my daughter used it (and I had the RapidFire) on a trip a few years back, and loved it.
     
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    Sweet Boat!
     
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    Just bought this...
    I need some helpful advice restoring it though.


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    Restore? Looks new
     
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    Thanks,

    I just spent the day buffing it with compound and a good hour rubbing 303 over it.

    what I need help on is the inside...

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    the fiberglass is right there, and I am not sure how to deal with it. When I ride, I feel the fiberglass all over my legs.
    I would like any ideas of redoing the inside including the fiberglass, the aluminum, and the wooden seats (which I have already pulled out and started to sand).
     
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    Re: grendel54 above

    What you see is the exposed resin saturated FG roving mat material, I would just make sure it's clean and dry then paint with a couple coats of RustOleum oil based enamel tan, red or white and touch up wear spots at end of season. As for the aluminum just clean up with 00 steel wool. Looks like inside was originally thin sprayed red color gel coat that was subject to prolong sun exposure which causes it to oxidize, fade and eventually break down or someone tried to strip it down with some kind of solvent.
     
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    She's 5'11" (but slender!) and I am a thick 6'1" about 245. There's a 13 foot Spitfire that we could do, but the cost of the RF is almost the same. So if I'm going to buy a $$$$ boat for each of us only once in the next 10-20 years, I'm leaning toward the more versatile RF.

    If I come into some unexpected $$ like a bonus or something, I could see us getting a couple of wee pack boats for exploring the many swamps in our part of the world. The Hornbeck Blackjack New Tricks 12 is on my radar.
     
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    Hey thanks, any advice on how to apply? Do i just use a brush? Or a foam roller? This is my first time.
     
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    So i should use this?
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000SAZT6...t=&hvlocphy=1013908&hvtargid=pla-309606676452

    and follow it with a foam brush? unfortunately I dont have anyone to help me...I would be doing it solo.
     
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    That and foam brush would be fine but semi gloss would be less light reflecting. I would suggest you hold off deciding until the other canoe folks have had a chance to check in later tonight or this weekend and perhaps have better alternate ideas.
     
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    If you're going to keep it I'd pull the aluminum off and go wood. New Gunnels, Thwarts and seats, it would make a nice winter project. You've got the ext hull looking good finish it off.
     
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    I thought about that, but someone said that is around $1000 to do. For that price, I would rather sell this one and get something lighter.
     
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    $1,000.00 ??? You might want to send a PM to "Beavertail" (a member here) up in Ct. for a TRUE cost of doing so if you have access to a few basic hand and power tools and white ash. If you go back 3 and more pages in this forum you will see pics of his excellent canoe restorations.
     
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    You can recanvas a canoe for less then that.

    Gunnels- https://www.bearmountainboats.com/products/gunwales-canoes $145 (This price could be a lot lower if you can find them locally)

    Thwarts- http://www.austinkayak.com/products/9792/Harmony-Thwart-Natural.html? x2 $52

    Carry Thwart- http://www.austinkayak.com/products/1197/Old-Town-Canoe-Carry-Yoke.html $24

    Seats- http://www.austinkayak.com/products/813/Old-Town-Bow-or-Stern-Web-Seat-34-in-Replacement.html X2 $70

    Hangers for seats- http://www.austinkayak.com/products/1692/Essex-Replacement-Canoe-Seat-Hardware.html 2 sets $31

    $325 just on a quick check, and the canoe would be worth a lot more should you decide to sell it off
     
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    Right, I dont want a high gloss...it shoudl be a flat shouldnt it? What do most canoes come with?
     
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    a carry thwart sure would be nice...

    if you notice in the pic though...the seats are attached by rivets going through the side.
     
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    Flat, you don't need any slippery surface on the inside, some folks including myself add a little sand in a foot wide strip from bow to stern center line for non skid .
     
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    Yeah, well out of SpitFire range... my daughter is 5'-2", maybe 110 lbs.

    Hornbeck also makes some beauties... ran into a guy once who let me lift his... he had been wearing it like a hat on a portage... maybe 10lbs.
     
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    The new seats would hang from the inwales, drill out the rivets and a quick fiberglass patch
     
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    Although I do like the wood, I am going to stay with the aluminum on this one. At least for now.
     
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    She's coming along...

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    any thoughts on the aluminum? Steal wool doesn't seem to be working.
     
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    Looking sharp, you could spray can aluminum on those round cross thwarts if you can't get the spots off them.
     
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    220 grit sandpaper, finish with 320, 120 on the bad spots. Wet Sand
     
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    then paint again?
    wont i be sanding the fiberglass down?
     
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    The sides of the gunwales looked good from your pics I was seeing the tops and the thwarts.

    Also I saw this on another site today 'Flitz Metal, Plastic and Fiberglass Polish'. The results were pretty good.
     
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    Im not going to get too crazy on the aliminum. I'd like to just replace them with wood...
    Yesterday & today I removed and sanded the seats...then finished them with some Watco Danish Oil....They are not coming out how I wan't but Im sure some people can appreciate the original wood with some good oil on them...

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    I think she's ready for the water...

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    Nothing special here. Ocean kayak scrambler with set and rod holders.

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    Got a case of "Can't see my ass coming into work" the other week and borrowed my buddy's Perception Sundance kayaks for the wife and myself. Took them down to the Canadian River alongside Lake Overholser here in the city and spent a couple hours enjoying beautiful weather and smooth water. Saw a Copperhead swimming from one side to the other. Lots of white herons. Plenty of fish jumping. Perfect day with my wife. We have a Jackson Kilroy DT in our future.

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    A Wenonah Advantage followed me home today (irresistible Craigslist deal on a fast, lightweight composite boat). And brought a storage rack with it. I need to futz with the rack a bit more before I get the OT Camper 16RX stored properly on it. The boat has collecting dust in the seller's living room hence the dusty look. ;) Test paddle soon... but not today (thunderstorms run amuck).

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    Nice fleet
     
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    Thanks. There's going to be some churn. The OT Camper is staying for sentimental reasons. I've even been gradually upgrading it (kneeling thwart is my next project for it).

    But the OT Next and the kayak have got to make room for some lighter weight pack boats. The kids are pissed off at me about this (one loves the Next, another loves the kayak). I can't wait to see what they think of some little ultralight pack boats, though.
     
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    Wenonah Advantage UL kevlar layup.

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    I can officially say "I am paddling" an Old Town heron 9xt. Scored it in a raffle and it's maiden voyage was blissful!!

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    Nice. Great way to upgrade, wife's approval.
     
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    Old picture (circa 2008) but that's two Old Town Dirigo kayaks. One 140 and one 120.
    I also have a 120 and 140 Dirigo in cloud/blue.
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    Ancient smoker craft 15'. Flat bottom and stable, perfect for a newb like me. I took it out three days ago solo and tomorrow my wife and I are going for a trip. KIMG0867.jpg
     

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