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Willits 229 Restoration

Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by CraigP, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. CraigP

    CraigP New Member

    Hi, I'm new to WCHA, but not to wood canoes. My Grandfather and Father operated a private boys camp for 35 years on Cass Lake, Minnesota. As a young boy (camp stopped operation in 1958), I have fond memories watching the camp maintenance man work on the fleet of 25+ Old Town canoes. My Grandfather purchased two Willits canoes in 1941, the subject of a separate post.

    In February, I purchased Willits 229 from Patrick Chapman. 229 had no serious wood damage, but the varnish had not been maintained and nearly every tack, nail and screw on the craft was badly salt water corroded. I ended up removing everything (seats, thwarts, decks, coamings, king planks, outwales, keel) except the inner and outer stems and extracted and replaced all the corroded fasteners. I used clear epoxy to strengthen around worn areas and repair gouges and dings. Finished up with two coats of sealer and five coats of spar varnish and did maiden voyage on the water in early May. My thanks to Pat Chapman for answering my questions.

    I kept a photo log of the work and progress, link below. There are comments for many of the pictures. Hit the Photo Detail icon to see the comments all the time.

    Last edited: Jun 21, 2020
  2. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Nice work!

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