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    Default Old SOF canvas kayak

    my friend Gail ( gave me the Ducker) has an old canvas SOF kayak that was built in Medford Lakes New Jersey. I'll know more after I see it. It apparently has a plywood deck so it may be mish-mosh construction, I will take lots of pictures!
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Default Re: Old SOF canvas kayak

    Looking forward to seeing it

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGentry View Post
    Looking forward to seeing it
    Oh... Like I thought, this is a strange one! it is heavy! easily heavy as, or heavier than a canoe of equal size 16 x 30.

    Somebody painted it with silver paint Heaven Knows Why, maybe to look like it's made of aluminum. Without scraping very much paint off, it was pretty clear that all the half round longitudinals are half round oak. Sawn frames, flat laminated oak or plywood, coaming may be mahogany. Deck is just plain hardboard.

    It was canvas covered, and it was painted that strange color.

    My advice to my friend Gail was "not worth the trouble" she tends to agree.
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    Builder was John G Merkh of Medford NJ
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Default Re: Old SOF canvas kayak

    I'll bet it would be "worth the trouble" to some kid interested in boating if his parents would agree to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Bradshaw View Post
    I'll bet it would be "worth the trouble" to some kid interested in boating if his parents would agree to it.
    I posted it on the Facebook group "make offer"
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    It has a certain appeal. It wouldn't take much effort or money to re-skin her. Might ditch the deck in favor of fabric, to save a few pounds. Scale back on the floorboards, too, for the same reason.
    Some big glued up foam blocks, fore and aft, would be a good idea.
    If you sell her, feel free to direct the buyer to me - I'm happy to share skinning tips. With you, too, if you decide to keep her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGentry View Post
    It has a certain appeal. It wouldn't take much effort or money to re-skin her. Might ditch the deck in favor of fabric, to save a few pounds. Scale back on the floorboards, too, for the same reason.
    Some big glued up foam blocks, fore and aft, would be a good idea.
    If you sell her, feel free to direct the buyer to me - I'm happy to share skinning tips. With you, too, if you decide to keep her.
    It would be quite easy to reskin the out rail/rub rail is where it was all stapled, it has brass stem bands just like a canoe. I'm going to call it a canoe not a kayak

    I was amazed how heavy it is!

    We both agreed it would be too much cost for too little even though I could help her. It would almost never be used and she doesn't really have room to store more boats.
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Default Re: Old SOF canvas kayak

    With paint/sealer you could reskin that for less than 100 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailnstink View Post
    With paint/sealer you could reskin that for less than 100 bucks.
    Not the point. No reason or need on my part or her's.
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailnstink View Post
    With paint/sealer you could reskin that for less than 100 bucks.
    She wants to get rid of it
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    I like it!

    Perhaps some interest may be found here; https://www.manta.com/c/mr0stmj/merkh-enterprises-llc

    (It is a small town with a long history of Merkh's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I like it!

    Perhaps some interest may be found here; https://www.manta.com/c/mr0stmj/merkh-enterprises-llc

    (It is a small town with a long history of Merkh's)
    I don't particularly like it heavy as it is it flexes badly. As is in bow & stern up midship down,. I don't know that skin would give it the rigidity it needs but it's just way too heavy to be practical
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    Default Re: Old SOF canvas kayak

    Someone would have a lot of fun with it. It’s a great start for someone that enjoys resurection projects.

    as we all know, sometimes it’s not the need, but the enjoyment in another project.

    It will be happy with a new home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    Someone would have a lot of fun with it. It’s a great start for someone that enjoys resurection projects.

    as we all know, sometimes it’s not the need, but the enjoyment in another project.

    It will be happy with a new home.
    Finding the "someone" is the problem. I'm not the one. Lol
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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