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What is this thing?!

Discussion in 'Strippers, Stitch-n-Glue, and Other Wood Composite' started by robert18, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. robert18

    robert18 New Member

    Hi all. I recently acquired this canoe for $100 (and that included two paddles and two PFDs and it was delivered!) from Craigslist. I have never seen anything quite like it. It floats and is actually quite pleasant to paddle even with three people and a dog aboard. There is a small leak somewhere in the stern hence the tethered plastic bailing jug! It is a combo of wood ribs and fiberglass. I don't see any planking!
    Any ideas as to what it might be or where it might have come from will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    You probably have a Merrimack Canoe as described at http://merrimackcanoes.com/ although other manufacturers have made similar looking canoes. There is probably a hull identification number on the starboard stern which can provide confirmation.

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    robert18

    robert18 New Member

    Thanks Benson. Your suggestion led to a telephone call to Randy at Merrimack. I described my canoe to him and he thought that what I have was most likely a Stowe Canoe Co. boat. Further research with that knowledge confirmed that "diagnosis". Now to clean it up a bit and stop the small but annoying leak. Oh and to obtain a paddle more suitable to my 6'5"! Still and all I think I got a pretty good deal for my $100!
     
  4. mccloud

    mccloud "Tiger Rag" back on the tidal Potomac In Memoriam

    Strange how these things seem go in cycles, but a Stowe Mansfield was just listed in canoes for sale on this site, and there is another, or Merrimack, for sale on ebay right now. Tom McCloud
     

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