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17 Year Old Canoe

Discussion in 'Strippers, Stitch-n-Glue, and Other Wood Composite' started by enggass, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. enggass

    enggass Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Hi there,
    I just picked up a 17 year old wood/canvas canoe. Seems like the would may be a bit dry. I've noticed if I apply some pressure to the planking between the ribs I here a slight cracking sound although the wood itself does not appear to crack. - Is there anything I can do for it to revitalize it? Give it a boost of life? Besides get it in the water ;-) Maybe it is just the feel of the varnish - Built in 1995.

    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012
  2. Kunk35

    Kunk35 Future canoe builder

    I can't speak to the cracking and creaking, but I'm sure she just needs to get back in to the water and get some use.

    The older I get, the more cracking and creaking I hear also. I just ignore it...... :D

    Nice looking canoe. Have you had it on the water yet?

  3. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    I'm with Kory-- get 'er into the water and see how she does! Looks beautiful. Are you near any open water? The snow's still flying (literally) where I am!

  4. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Some creaking and cracking sounds are not unusual with a wood/canvas canoe, especially one that has not been in the water for a while.

    Ice out should be fairly early this year on many Maine lakes -- Sebec Lake near Dover-Foxcroft was open on April 8 last year, and I would guess that this year will be similar or earlier.

    So it won't be too long before you can get that canoe wet -- though it may take a few days of being in the water with some splashing inside the canoe before creaking lessens.


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