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Offline Dabberty

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Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« on: October 26, 2015, 07:19:22 AM »
Hi there,
Till last year I /we always rented a canoe when we wanted to go on the water for a day / weekend / week trip, but I decided that for the same money of renting one 5x, I can also buy an old one, and with some modifications make it exactly like I want it to be.

So that's what I did in the past few months whenever i has some free time.

This is how I got it.


This seperation line between bottom en top piece was covered by duct tape.


A few holes and other damages.






So with lots of sanding, epoxy and fibreglass I went to work.


Small patch on the holes in the front and back.


Long continues patch from front to back.


Complete new layer covering the whole bottom.




Then several modifications, and additions, which resulted into this.


Front (and back) added plastic hooks, and bungee cord, for holding a wet tarp or jacket or whatever you don't want inside the canoe.


Wooden fishing rod holder, 2 sizes, for the front seat.


Named it :-)


Removed the old wooden and heavy seats, with these newly made ones from hardwood and webbing.
Also placed them lower to increase stability. You can still see the old seat holder above it.


Bungee cord in the 'cargo' area of the canoe, in the middle, to secure backpacks / barrels, whatever you have there.
Easy to remove when needed.


Wooden fishing rod holders, 2 sizes, for the back seat.


Also removed the old heavy wooden seat in the back and made new one for it, with removable back support.


And plastic hooks with bungee cord in the back to stow away whatever you would want there.


In the front and back space of the canoe, added an 'exercise ball', but not the rounded ones. These are those peanut shaped ones.
Perfect fit, not inflated too much, but enough to keep the canoe floating when needed.
Also some plastic d-rings with bungee cord to keep it in place.




Modified 2 bicycle bottle holders so it would hook onto the edge of the canoe, and also easy to remove if needed.
To hold a cold beer in place when needed.
Added 2 fishing rods for visualization purposes.


Already did a couple of test rounds, and it's nice. It needs some getting used to it with the lower seats, as it impacts also the way you handle your paddle, but after an hour or so it felt fine again.

Hopefully soon I will be able to take it for a proper weekend trip, but free time is rare these days with my firstborn on the way.
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Re: Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2015, 07:29:51 AM »
Wow Dabberty!  You did a great job on that!  Very Very nice.  I like the mods and additions you did as well.  That will be a joy to use.  Looking forward to seeing it in some trip reports! 
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Re: Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2015, 08:01:00 AM »
Congratulations on your soon to be expanding family.

You did a great job on the canoe.  I really like the modifications you came up with.
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Re: Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2015, 08:15:24 AM »
WOW, what a great job. Love the transformation, you really made it your own. Congratulations on your firstborn also.

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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2015, 08:23:54 AM »
Fantastic job. Very well thought out and executed. Congratulations on the new addition as well. Two great adventures in the works.

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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2015, 08:26:43 AM »
Nice Work!
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Re: Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2015, 09:39:16 AM »
You did a great job on those modifications.  I really like using the balls to provide floatation and the bungee cords for holding things in place. 

Also congratulations on your coming firstborn. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2015, 10:31:25 AM »
nice work!...came out swell :thumbsup:
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2015, 12:20:45 PM »
That looks fantastic! Congratulations on the wee ones pending arrival as well!
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2015, 12:36:39 PM »
Excellent refurb job on that!  Congrats on the pending visit from the stork!
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Re: Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2015, 01:16:57 PM »
I love reuse. Someone else would throw it in the dumpster. Did you screw in the seat supports prior to glassing or rely on the glass to hold them to the inside? I'm also curious about the d ring attachment.

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Re: Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2015, 03:38:35 AM »
Fantastic job on the refurbishing.  Congrats on your pending arrival too.

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Re: Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2015, 02:13:12 AM »
Thank you, thank you !
The 'flotation bags' aka peanut shaped exercise balls are these:



The seat support I epoxied in place, and then glassed it over. Should be strong enough.
Just the screw for the seating pad onto the seat support is not well done, but couldn't think of a better way.
So a simple angled screw is for now the solution till i have a clever moment to improve this.

3 months to go, planning several weekend trips and one 9 day trip..

Yeah looking forward to this period, and also the one over those 3 months :-)
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Re: Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2015, 04:47:56 AM »
Great job, Dab!  I envy your skills!
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Re: Old canoe upgrade / modifications
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2015, 09:30:45 AM »
Looks awesome! You really made it look like a whole new boat! Did the patches and second layer of glass make it weigh much more or is the difference only slight?

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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2015, 01:37:47 AM »
The patches and extra layers didn't add any significant weight to it, and i saved a lot of weight by removing the heavy wooden seats by replacing them with the ones i made largely from webbing. But with the "flotation bags", the wooden fishing rod holders, the patching, all the bungee cords etc, i notice it is slightly heavier then before. But still manageable for 1 person, to carry it around, put it on the car, etc.
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