Aw. . . come on Lew :-)
The wood wouldn't cost much. The shop and experience to replace them is
Mike Galt used pirana on the custom Canoes he built. It held up very well.
Go visit a boat builder and see what he has to say.
On Jun 10, 10:34 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes. My old Mad River Explorer had wooden gunnels. I ignored them
and they eventually rotted out, of course. My local outfitter was
able to put vinyl gunnels on for about $100, cheap. It's not worth
the trouble to replace wooden gunnels on a boat that is old anyway
when the alternative is cheap and durable.
I do not think vinyl gunnels are a DIY job, but it is a simple and
cheap fix. Depending on where you live and your brand of canoe, your
gunnels can be replaced with vinyl by an outfitter who does it all the
time. My guy replaced my deck plates and gunnels with black vinyl.
It looks better than it sounds and is plenty strong, rivited to the
What brand of canoe? Which state or city are you near? If you have a
Mad River Canoe then they have a network of outfitters who can fix
you. If another brand then customer service may be less. A Mad River
outfitter should be able to fit vinyl to any brand of canoe. Check
their website for your local outfitter. Look for someone who does
repairs rather than a simple dealer.
On Sun, 10 Jun 2007 20:34:08 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Check with the manufacturer if you know who it is.
Quite a few years ago I helped my Dad rebuild a 1912 Old Town canoe.
The gunwales were still available as were the ribs. Shipping for the
18' gunwales was more expensive than the parts. Originally the boat
was covered with canvas but we covered it with glass. Today you can
still buy the same model (Guide 18') in canvas or clear glass.
My Dad just passed away a few weeks ago and that canoe is still
hanging in his garage. It was a fun project and a great memory that
lives on. My brother and I plan on a float this summer...I'm sure Dad
will be there.
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