Saturday 2 June 2018

Chestnut Bobs Special - Grey Owls canoe

Not the actual one, but the model he used in his later years. First built in the teens through to the last years of the late 70s, this model at 15' had a flat bottom and had a 37" beam making it very stable. Originally marketed as a 50 pound canoe, there were several versions and grades. 1/4" thick ribs helped keep the weight down, along with a single thwart and low sheer. 
For anyone unfamiliar, an internet search will generate an excess of information on Grey Owl, one of the most influential Canadian conservationists and author. In fact an Englishman named Archie Belaney, his story came out after his death. 
Couldnt pass this one up since we've not had one yet, and only needing some tip work and a smashed rib replaced from a whitewater foray it will be a relatively quick and easy restoration.

Distinctive low ends and flat sheer, with little rocker
Previous owner removed canvas and rails, and in an unusual twist the rails and keel are useable and will go back on
Nice day to retrieve a boat from Kitchener, Ontario
Necessary stop for pie.
Instantly recongizable as a Chestnut Bobs
Grey Owl in front of his cabin
Beamy, yet the thwart is 1-2" too short as there is a slightly flat run along the gunwale where the thwart pulls the sides in
Wide and stable enough for a beaver to board
Another shot showing the stability and width

Stable enough to stand in, should you need to , even to pole it.

Stembands intact and resusable
Side decals on the original canvas denotes a build from the mid 60s forward
Fredericton decal, putting the boat ahead of the last days when the factory was moved to Oromocto . Maple deck with plain cut out - to be replaced with the earlier style crowned deck with heart cut out
Hardwood keel, installed to add some strength and rigidity to the lightly built hull
In later years several wood species would be used in one boat, this one was built with maple decks, ash thwart and seats, spruce rails and oak outer rails.

History of the name to follow, just a quick post for now.