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To keel or not to keel???

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Aoc230, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. VallierOutdoors

    VallierOutdoors Curious about Wooden Canoes

  2. enggass

    enggass Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Hey all…
    I have a 14' mansfield canoe I am fixing up. It originally had wood stems that wrapped around the bow and stern then transitioned into a full length keel. In my 'fix up', I am not replacing the wood stems but do want to put a keel back on. How long should it be? Suggestions?
  3. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Here are some pictures of where and how Old Town built the ends of keels -- on a 15' 50 pound model that has a keel and no exterior stem --

    keel end 1.jpg keel end 2.jpg keel end 4.jpg keel end 3.jpg

    Exactly "how long" depends on your canoe.

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