Sunday 28 May 2017

Trailer mods and a paint job for the upcoming fishing season

New trailer, needing a few small mods to fit the Peenoe

 Picture courtesy of
Originally built for a 21' expedition row boat. Eventually made the journey from the coastal US to Australia. The website chronicles this incredible journey and accomplishment. 

Last summer, with a 6hp Johnson

Pushing away, not bad for a 1966 model, though not enough power to cross the lake quickly
Boat slides though the water nicely, and gets its stability from the flared design

 The reason for the effort

As received, the 16' doesnt fill up the 21' the trailer was fit for. Tongue weight was too heavy as the axle was too far back and the taillight rails were too far back, as for the boat below. 

 Rails cut off, to be welded back and taillights put back on

 Axle and springs moved ahead 18"

 Better balance

 Lots of help

 Ready to be welded up, boat to be sanded and prepped for paint

 Sanded and wiped down

Super wide midsection

Paint of choice, terrible fumes but hard as nails when cured
New power, 4 stroke clean and quite, and lightest in its class at 81lbs. 

 Narrow stern holding a 9.8

Another shot, width of boat gives it stability and 10hp rating

Canadian |Canoe Company model 50, new project


 Right out of the weeds, after sitting for years. Soaking wet right through.

 On the van headed home

CCCo deck decal remants

 Before the highway canvas peel

 What canvas didnt come off on the drive back was taken off 

 Muck and dirt to be power washed out

 Years of grime and dirt

 This will be the apprentices project

 Washed out and drying, has the great lines of the model 50.  My favourite paddling canoe for solo paddling and trips, this is an early one with wide 4" planking, nice and tight from the factory. in the late 1930s the boats were well built.

 Drying out nicely

 Next will be the chemical strip, carpentry work and bleaching and oiling

Dried out and ready for restoration
 Sleek and fast

To be updated when work begins

Thursday 18 May 2017

Just about there!

 The final stretch, seats in and paint on.

 Maple seats glued up

 Holes for caning

Caned and installed, period correct with copper tube used for rear spacer to level seat. 
Front seats are mounted directly under rails as on most early canoes

Getting the bottom wet. No stem bands and final coat of paint to go, but water ready

Ready for a paddle

Classic lines, overall shape and tumblehome correct per the original.

On to the second build....