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Canoe Modifications
« on: April 05, 2015, 07:52:29 PM »
Well Spring is finally here (at least in my neck of the woods) that means I'll be dusting off my canoe and taking it out to the rivers, lakes, streams and ponds.

Every year I make some kind of modification depending on what I'll be using the canoe for and where I'm going.  I thought it would be interesting to see what kind of modifications you guys have made to your canoes since I don't see a thread on the subject, which I find strange considering we have so many avid Canoers (I hope that is a proper noun).

It is my hopes to make this thread the "Pimp My Ride" of the canoeing world so post often and with as many pictures if possible.

My pictures will follow in the next few days... 

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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2015, 06:52:50 AM »
This will be neat to follow.  I haven't done anything to my canoe but I did make up a rod holder to fit in it that works well for fancasting out 3 or 4 lines and then drifting or sitting still.  It works.  I don't have a pic though so next time I'm out with it I'll get one. 
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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2015, 08:19:50 AM »
I put cup holders in the greenbean yesterday!  :canoe:

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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2015, 09:11:04 AM »
Wood decks for the fat dog.  He slipped off the plastic.  I put in plywood seats too.  Don't like them.  Back to cane soon.

At least it's not a femur through the pelvis.

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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2015, 11:17:26 AM »
17 ft Grumman Alum.
 
Reinforced the front and rear end casting attachments....bigg er rivets.
Caned sets (Old Town)
Center strut replace with portage bar, and can be detached.
Painted camo
Tied in spare paddle, and small water proof kit bag......need to be refiled with "stuff"....don't leave in as mice will destroy it (again)
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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2015, 03:37:48 PM »
Wood decks for the fat dog.  He slipped off the plastic.  I put in plywood seats too.  Don't like them.  Back to cane soon.


I love that picture of your first mate Max! 


Yeah!  Cup holder's a must have Creek!  Fortunately my canoe came with cup holders...

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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2015, 09:46:53 AM »
I had to rebuild entire canoe,when i got it was only fibreglass shell,no seats,gunnals,thwart,nothing, cut a 2x4 into strips for the seats,used 1/2" pvc for gunnals ,puck board for the bowcaps and a 2x4 for the thwart,I also have a mount for an electric trollingmotor on one end,its thd ugliest canoe i have ever seen,planned on rebuilding if last summer but surgeries sidelined me,gonna get back on it this month,i have  roughly 3 weeks until fishing season starts and prob 2 more weeks after that until i am confident most of the debris and large ice chunks are gone,so i have 5 weeks to get her ready to go.its a 14.8' fibreglass canoe of unknown origin,weighs roughly 40 lbs,backyard is almost dry enough to get out and work hopefully havesome pics in a day or 2.
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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2015, 10:11:37 AM »
I hope you get the pictures up, Duece.....I'd love to see it before you start the re-build. :popcorn:
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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2015, 06:56:22 PM »
I hope you get the pictures up, Duece.....I'd love to see it before you start the re-build. :popcorn:

Ditto, maybe you could name it the Phenix.

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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2015, 08:49:55 PM »
Pics comin prob tomorrow.warning tho this is one fugly canoe lol,but it works just fine and many a walleye gasped their last on the floor of that canoe......i like the pheonix angle might hafta see if i still got an airbrush somewhere hmmmmmm
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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2015, 10:01:16 AM »
I haven't done any modifications to my canoe.... Yet. I have a wood strip canoe made by boat maker Pat Brown in the Adirondacks. I plan on putting some yoke pads on it this spring. 


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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2015, 10:39:36 AM »
Love to see some pics of your stripper J.  :canoe:

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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2015, 11:06:33 AM »
Love to see some pics of your stripper J.  :canoe:

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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2015, 11:09:49 AM »
it is for me!  :rofl:

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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2015, 11:50:36 AM »
I watched this episode of how this company builds those beautiful cedar-planked canoes last night on HOW IT'S MADE. :thumbsup: :popcorn:

I figured all the canoe-freaks here at B&B would enjoy it as much as I did. :banana: :canoe: :banana:





........but, GUNHALES?  :doh: :shrug: :rofl:

Here's 'nuther'n done in the more traditional wood/canvas.... :canoe:



.......and finally, just for Creek.....how they make aluminum Silver Queen clones. :chopwood: :canoe:

Notice that it takes VISE-GRIPS to build aluminum canoes! :hail:

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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2015, 03:23:55 PM »
At least it's not a femur through the pelvis.

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« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2015, 04:59:55 PM »
I want a wood canoe bad  :canoe: Thanks wolfy

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« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2015, 05:28:59 PM »
Love the "How it's made" vids.....Thanks.
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« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2015, 05:39:48 PM »
 :cheers: I do too!   Sometimes I end up watching the re-runs all evening......now, that they've taken 'Here Comes Honey BooBoo' off the air. ;D     I end up learning how to do a lot of different things on HID that come in pretty handy sometimes......neat series! :thumbsup:
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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2015, 08:13:18 PM »
Interesting videos.  Thanks.

I have two bent shaft paddles out in my shop, I think I will start using them again just so I have something made of wood on my canoe.
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« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2015, 04:40:27 AM »

Love to see some pics of your stripper J.  :canoe:

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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2015, 06:20:34 AM »
Gawd, that's a gorgeous vessel
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Re: Canoe Modifications
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2015, 10:38:14 AM »
Beautiful canoe jbradshaw!  That is really really nice!  Nice pics too
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« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2015, 10:42:12 AM »
Canoe envy J  :canoe: That is a nice boat

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« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2015, 10:47:52 AM »
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« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2015, 11:28:41 AM »
Is it built from cedar or redwood?   Any more pictures or information on it? :shrug:
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« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2015, 07:29:30 PM »
A few days late but ask and you shall receive,this is fugly the canoe....as you can see i more or less got it good enough that i could use it,barely,think i spent all of 3 or 4 hrs before i had it on the warer i added the trolling motor mount later,used that one cause that what i had,the half ass camo psttern i started was a case of boredom and frustration that i couldnt use it last year and too many beer...anyways here she is,plan full makeover for her this year

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« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2015, 07:43:24 PM »
Is it built from cedar or redwood?   Any more pictures or information on it? :shrug:
The canoe is built from cedar and redwood (according to the mani bought it from). I picked this up secondhand off of craigslist last summer. I spoke to the maker Pat Brown (he was a really nice guy on the phone). He said he doesn't use redwood anymore as he cannot get it, and uses cherry instead now. So I guess it could be cherry.
Again the guy I bought it from said it weighs 39 lbs. I haven't weighed it myself, but around 40 lbs seems about right. I want to say it was 15'9" when I measured it, though I could be misremembering by an inch or two. It is definitely less than 16ft though.
I posted the previous pics using tapatalk on my phone. Now using the web version on my tablet I cannot seem to be able to add any pics, but I'll get you some more pics later when I figure it out.

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Canoe Modifications
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2015, 10:45:42 PM »
My good buddy just did this quick slash and splash camo job on our smoker he has now been hired to do same on my canoe.....price an unknown quantity of beer an a steak plus i supply the paint,stripping seats,thwarts and gunnals tomorrow payday on mon get some sanding disks to clean her up a bit,only thing im worried about is that strip down the middle of the canoe(i know whats its called usually but its late and im trying to type on my shattered screen iphone so) is getting a bit thin,its not soft yet but a bitore transparent than id like reallly dont want to refibreglass it unless i have to i dont have a garage so it would be a nightmare,suggestions,i was thinking real cheap and get some sprayfoam and some type of rubber sealant but i know thats prob not gonna work so.....???????
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I forgot to post pics originally thats it im goin to bed
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