Home made or factory lee board thwart


Wooden Canoes are in the Blood
Just before I sand, refinish, and modify this thwart can anyone tell me if it is factory made and by whom if so. That is a 17 ft Old Town with sponsons and the thwart fits perfectly. The c clamps are not original but clearly that is what was used. The dagger board is on and next to it a large Old Town dagger board. Simple strong, wide thwart. Those four secure points helped I am sure and whoever used it must have carried a lot of sail. I don't wish to offend the preservation Gods by damaging something valuable.


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Yep, homemade and it doesn't look particularly strong at that. There can be a substantial amount of sideways force on a leeboard bracket when sailing and you would probably do better to start over and design one that has more substantial side chocks to keep the boards vertical.