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17' Chestnut Prospector?

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by 8inchlynch, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. 8inchlynch

    8inchlynch New Member

    Good day,

    Just looking for confirmation for what make of canoe I picked up today.

    I own a couple canoes back east in NB that I use at my camp but I live in ON most of the year now and I have been missing being on the water.

    I found this for sale a few minutes away and jumped on it. It just spoke to me. Looking for advice also....am I ruining good history by slapping paint on it and fixing a few things? I'm handy but no boat builder.

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  2. paddler123

    paddler123 Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Sure looks like one to me. Is there any hint of a decal on the bow deck? Canoes were meant to be used, and the Chestnut Prospector in particular is a capable and rugged workhorse, so by painting and fixing it up you're honoring the original intent of the builders, not ruining history.
     
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  3. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    The carrying thwarts at each end usually are typical of Chestnut's Cruiser model canoes.
     
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    8inchlynch

    8inchlynch New Member

    Ty for the replies. I did not notice any decals on the deck...is there anywhere I can look for a serial number or other indication of model?

    Also, how would one know what the age is? I understand either model would have been over many years.
     
  5. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

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  6. OP
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    8inchlynch

    8inchlynch New Member

    Amazing resources thank you so much!!
     

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