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Identifying a Chestnut

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Mikem, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Mikem

    Mikem Curious about Wooden Canoes

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    I have a 15' Chestnut with width canvas to canvas at the gunwales 31-1/2" and widest point 33-1/2".
    Depth from the top of the thwart(bottom of inwale) to planking 14-3/4".
    Ribs 1-1/2 " wide spaced 1-1/2" apart edge to edge(3/8" thick)
    classic up-bend of gunwales 18" from the bow(and stern)
    Major rockered
    Single 4" cant ribs with wider spacing.
    Shoe keel
    Outwale depth 15/16",inwale depth 1"+
    Any ideas what this canoe might be and its vintage?
    (hint: it reads like a Gooseberry except for the depth and the belly is pre-1960)
  2. Treewater

    Treewater Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Hello Mike,
    I'm browsing through the Chestnut postings. I see you got no answers yet so I'll chime in.
    A month ago I couldn't tell a chestnut from an acorn (humor). I picked up (literally) a Chestnut and as soon as I got it on my shoulders I said "what I nice boat!". I bought it and set about identifying. Your canoe is identical to mine save you have the hollowed out deck which I do not have. Tentatively, mine is a Chum. You have the same dimensions all around so I'd say it's at least close. Mine weighs 62 lbs. I also have a shoe keel, 2 1/2" at the wide point and 1/2" thick throughout.

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