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Inside Gunwale: Replace, scarph, or something else

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Scotty, Feb 9, 2021.

  1. Scotty

    Scotty Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Greetings Everyone, working on an old Racine and was looking for advice on what my best options are for ensuring the inside gunwale will support a seat. I've replaced both inner stems and what I will call a sheer strake as they were both pretty chewed up. Boat is in surprisingly good shape for as old as I believe it to be, but the wood is a bit brittle. Based on what I have been able to gather the gunwales were made of mahogany and I plan to replace the outsides (they are off already). The inwales are in pretty good shape so looking for ideas on how to keep them in the boat if possible. I've attached a few photos for reference. Thanks!
     

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  2. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    I recently spliced a broken inwale and was pleased with the result. The longer, the better. Normally i would replace a broken inwale but this is my own canoe and I wanted to see if it would work. I used titebond lll.
     
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  3. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    I have drilled old holes out and put plugs in the holes. I think with TBIII or epoxy ( other than 5 min epoxy) would hold the plugs in and strengthen the inwale. I use a plug cutter and put one plug in from the top and one in from the bottom with a clamp squeezing them together.
    It’s no problem to install the seat with a hole in the plug.
    If you select the color and grain, sometimes the plugs can be nearly invisible. Maybe make plugs from your old outwales??
     
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