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Old 07-25-2018, 01:07 PM   #1
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Advice on buying a used cedar strip canoe

Iím going to be looking at a cedar strip canoe tomorrow. Not sure on the make or age but it looks okay. Besides for obvious damage, rot and cracks what should I be looking for?

Iím not too worried about the outer finish and the glass on the bottom as I am an Autobody tech and work on fiberglass periodically. But I would greatly appreciate any insight!
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Old 07-25-2018, 04:52 PM   #2
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Contact Pat Brown, near Lowville. He has been building strip canoes and guide boats for 40+ years. Several of his have been regular winners on the 90-mile race. His prices are unexpectedly reasonable. He could help with restoration if you have a beater already in mind.

(315) 376-5935 (technically he is in the town of Glenfield, located at Upper Chase Lake)
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Old 07-25-2018, 05:54 PM   #3
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Can you try it on the water before you buy it?
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:21 PM   #4
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yes, paddle it

A friend bought a real nice looking solo stripper he had never paddled. It was a dog--it did nothing well. Strippers are built from lots of plans and the hull may have no history of performance. Production canoes (usually) are a well proven design.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:35 PM   #5
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Mr. Guy,
Definitely paddle the boat, regardless of how it looks. The design may or may not suit your aspirations and/or abilities.
Also, ask if it's built with polyester or vinylester resin. If so, run! Those resins have little adhesion and will delaminate just by looking at them.
Assuming it is epoxy resin, look for a clear laminate, no cloudiness or excessive bubbles trapped in the resin.
Rotted gunnels would not be difficult to replace unless they are epoxied on.
Does it have sealed chambers? If so, are they really sealed?
You should have a pretty good idea as to quality just by seeing the boat in person, I've seen some real hack jobs.
But even some ugly home builts are made better than some production boats.
For reference, most strippers cost between $500 and $700 in materials to build.
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