Sunday 22 August 2021

Sponson sailing canoe

Early open gunwhale sponson canoe, needs rails, seats, decks, stem  tips, and a total restoration
Boat is complete, but rough. Buoyancy provided by sponsons will make an ideal sailing canoe with lots of flotation, even swamped
Batwing lateen, made by Todd Bradshaw of Addiction Sails. Bad photo, but same sail as below. No more to be made, Todd has retired.  Centerboard installation similar to Old Town below, will take the place of the leeboards needed for lateral resistance.  The boat that Peterborough/Chestnut never made, this donor boat will be a perfect candidate as it needs so much work.

On its way home to Ontario



Prefire Chestnut Sponson Canoe


Another nice survivor from Northern Quebec, in original condition

Early flat top sponsons, on closed rail Pleasure model hull 

 Original condition and canvas, showing method of canvas fastening from factory

Prefire Chestnut Pleassure model

17' Pleasure model, code named Aster.  

In original condition, with some extra paint and front seat repair with another thwart

Distinctive sheer line and bow profile, showing top and side caps unique to closed gunwhale construction

Crowned heart shaped decks

Typical end rot, stem tip and rail ends. Not bad for 110 years old


Cane long gone, vinyl over seats.

Nice amount of wear, no breaks visible and original as found condition

 On its way back to Ontario, found in Quebec