Sunday, 11 February 2018

Vintage Chestnut photograph

A great shot of a prefire Chestnut Cruiser, built with open gunwales - boat shows high bows and low midsection, and the early shape
Thanks to Dan Miller of Dragonfly Canoe for sharing.

Grand Laker work

 Wrapped and ready to travel

 Leaving Maine for Ontario
 MIdway point in NY
 NOT a winner. $55 million left in the US
Back home ready for work

 New rails ready to go in

 New outer rails to be made
 Broken rails
 Old rails split out

 New build
 Mahogany transom and knees
 One rail in
 Second rail in
 22' ash stock for rails
 Rails fit
 Finished rails

 Old rails put to good use
 Ready for new varnish

Next up exterior paint and splash rails

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Grand Laker restoration

Trailer adjusted to fit, and shrink wrapped for January travel


Recent winter storms in New England not only dumped lots of snow and knocked power out, but the roads were full of salt and ice preventer.

Wrap likely wont last the 1000km, but will get us over the majority of the way without a layer of salt and dirt inside

Not too much overhang, not bad for a full 19'8"

 Ready to roll, a mild weekend thaw was the perfect opportunity to run to Maine to retrieve it

 Somewhere around Albany NY it started to slowly unravel, but no matter since the sun was out and the pavement was dry

Unloaded and unwrapped before it goes in the shop

New rails tied inside, to be installed as part of a working restoration

Solid stem, planks and ribs. 

Solid transom and thwarts, broken rails

Spruce rails will be replaced with ash. 
 Seat and knees are solid

Transom plates inside and out to keep the engine bracket from biting into the wood

Half ribs, interior is a candidate for sealing and painting with marine enamel, and will likely get painted. Fiberglass is well adhered so wont be removed, work starts next week

Friday, 29 December 2017

WD40, busted knuckles and progress

An hour makes a big difference, along with the air tools. No need for the torch yet!

All to be blasted and put back on, except the fenders that are galvanized

LED lights, and bunks to be reworked

Main frame to be knocked down next, all to head into the blaster

Almost apart, shackle bolts and leaf springs to come off the axles