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jchu

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Well that's what she thinks it reads. It's 17 ft, has sponsons. Bad thing is it also has been fiberglassed. Has the original receipt but couldn't find it, but remembers 1941.Looked at, and made an offer on the previous Charles River. This one looks nice from the pictures way cheaper. What to do with fiberglass removal?
 
Old Town 131187 is a 17 foot CS grade HW model with open spruce gunwales, ash seats/thwarts/decks and fitted with a keel, sponsons and rowlocks. It was painted dark green and shipped to Rug Bucker (I think) in Greenwood, Wisconsin, on March 29, 1941-- the lady's memory is good!

There's a notation on the back regarding a contact made by Carol Saulisberry in 1982. I'll email you that scan directly, as there's an address on it that may be current and I'm reluctant to post it on the internet.

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Kathy
 

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Fiberglass...

Forgot to address this question... there are several discussions of fiberglass removal in these forums... you'll get a better answer by using "search" above than you will from me, although I did watch Denis put a couple 8-hour days into removing half the fiberglass from a Penn Yan with a heat gun before he decided he'd rather dig a hole in one of the meadows and build a pond.

If you have a pond, you can sink the canoe and the fiberglass will "pop off". (This is one of the reasons fiberglass wasn't a great idea when it came to wood/canvas canoe restoration.)

A heat gun is the other fiberglass removal tool... and the length of time it takes depends on the quality of the glass-job... generally, you hope it was a very bad glass job and that it went on over the canvas.

I will attach a picture of Denis having fun with a heat gun and an 18 foot long-deck, where the glass went on over the decks too. The canoe behind him, in this picture, is also glassed.
 

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Thanks again Kathy. It is Carol that I talked to. The canoe is now in Woodland Park Colorado and I happen to be passing through on Friday so will take a look if she still has it. Did do a search and not keen on the fiberglass removal. Building a pond seems a better idea. I'll find something I like sometime here. I like the way an HW sounds from descriptions. No need for an address I'll get it from her.
 
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