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    Default Skin on frame sailing canoe

    Testing pictures uploaded.
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    Cool, let's see more!
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    Okay, that was a bit easier than before!
    you might find this of interest. This skin on frame sailing canoe dates back to about 1945. It was found abandoned in the mud at Redhouse, alittle hamlet on the banks of the Zwartkops River outside Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
    Dimentions, loa 4.4 meters, beam 1.15 meters. Despite its age, the timber is still in good nick with no rot whatsoever. I brought the boat home to tidy it up and to be returned to the Redhouse Yacht Club as a display to hang from the club ceiling.

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    Default Re: Skin on frame sailing canoe

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    That would be a good one to document and make a building plan from (or to re-cover and put back in service, as opposed to making a wall-hanger out of it).

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    image.jpgAfter about 15 liters of paint stripper, I got this.

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    image.jpgThe pictures go to the capsized position! Gotta learn some more tricks?
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    image.jpgThis is what they used to look like. In our part of the world it was considered to be a poor guys boat.

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    Sorry for the mess above. I have only just learnt a bit about posting pictures.

    About the project. I was asking around, looking for a vintage dinghy to restore as a bit of a fun project and was shown the canoe. At first I had visions about cleaning it up and re canvassing the boat. However, although the wood was in good nick, it became clear that it would fall apart once subjected to the stresses of re canvassing it and sailing it.

    The frames are made out of Meranti. The stringers are what we call Oregon Pine. The centerboard case is made out of hardboard. You might know it as Masonite. The Masonite was the only part being a bit dodgy.

    i also considered laminating a cold moulded veneer ply hull off the frames and stringers but by then was getting itchy for another resto project.

    Regards from St Francis Bay, South Africa.

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    Great story! Thank you for sharing it!

    Best regards
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    Frans, any idea of the boat's age? (Pre- or post-WW2?)
    Can you tell what glue was used for bonding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiskeyfox View Post
    Frans, any idea of the boat's age? (Pre- or post-WW2?)
    Can you tell what glue was used for bonding?
    #3.
    Glues? From the pics I see trunnels or filled screws, but at that age at the end of the war maybe hot animal glues?

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    Yep, no glue. Only screws.
    We guess the boat was built between in the late 1930's to 1940's. Some of the elderly Yacht Club members actually sailed them. They were all one- off home designed and built.
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    An interesting thread , thanks Frans.
    The last post got me , I'm hoping to build soon a Dave Gentry "Splinter" crab claw SOF boat , that will be lashed .
    Thanks for the thread Frans , very interesting.
    Regards Rob J.

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    Cool. And I like your frame restoration.

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