I'm in the process of fixing up and repainting my canoe and I wanted to spruce up the gunwales as well. It has some scrapes and ware in spots.
Most of the other sources I find online are about replacing them. That's just not in my budget right now.
Anyone out there done anything to fix up existing plastic gunwales? I have an Old Town canoe if that matters.
I have a 16' Royalex Mad River Explorer that needs to have its ash gunwales replaced. Does anyone know where I can get them (or just a plank of ash to make my own) within reasonable driving distance of Portland, Maine?
I don't want to think about how expensive it would be to have some 17' strips of wood shipped to me!
Any advice would be very appreciated.
Firstly where can I get some Watco Exterior Finish in Ottawa?? I’m also wondering if anyone has tips on how they prop their canoe overnight at camp and any portaging tips. I’ve got a 14ft Esquif Echo with ash guns
I paddle mostly solo or in the back when canoeing, and have developed what seems to me could be a bad habit: When I J-stroke, on the last half of the stroke, the paddle shaft is against the gunwale which I use as a fulcrum to pry against.
I don't like it because it makes noise and wears the paddle shaft and gunwales. I do like it because It takes a lot of stress off the paddle-side shoulder to pry against the gunwale and increases my range significantly.
What do you folks think? Normal or bad form?
edit: Thanks all, but let me clarify a bit - I'm not looking for basic lessons on how to do a J-stroke, alternative methods of steering or a different type of paddle. Those are all excellent subjects for discussion but not my question here. More, I'm hoping for some nuanced feedback on the J-stoke I've been doing for over 20 years. I think mcarneybsa is onto something saying I may be reaching too far back.
Has anyone else tried to change their stroke to avoid prying off the gunwale? I find that when I hold the paddle away from the side of the boat, my shoulder tires faster, and I find the 'bump, bump, bump" of prying off the gunwale annoying and it scares wildlife.
I have a PE canoe that I put on top of my car with one of those foam block kits for local trips to ponds/rivers/etc. Roof racks are ~$500 and seem like overkill for what I need. But the canoe can scratch the roof a bit when sliding on and off - it seems like an easy solution would be to mount a small rubber wheel or two the gunwale so that it can roll off the roof rather than sliding. Has anyone done something like this? I've looked online but don't see any specialty-designed clamps or kits.
Hey guys, I need to put gunwale rubber onto a boat, does anyone have any ideas on DIY gunwale rubber?
I just want to get this boat into the water asap, but don't want to spend a fortune.
So far I'm thinking PCV pipe and silicone.
Screw Pipe onto boat, line top and bottom with silicone so the entirety looks smoothly rounded, then paint the whole thing.
Any thoughts on this, or other ideas?
Me and a couple of guys are doing our own gunwale repairs on our old boats. We just finished putting wood gunwales onto a 1980s old town tripper. We ended up using Ash gunwales at 3/4" by 3/4" because the 1" by 1" was not pliable enough. It took us a couple hours of clamping and bending to ensure that we had the curve we wanted.
What is your experience with steaming gunwales? is it recommended?
do we need to dry the wood again to ensure the moisture we added doesn't rot the gunwales from the inside out?
do we need to steam it before we oil it or can we steam it after we oil it?
Any information is greatly appreciated
Edit: or does anyone know where I can buy pre-made gunwales? I've heard Monaghan Lumber sells them, but they aren't listed on their website.
I'm currently writing a short story in English and, while checking vocabulary/expressions, sometimes it's hard to tell if certain words are commonly understood and known among native speakers or are only usually employed among people who are experts on said topics.
So I was looking for ways to refer to what, in Spanish, we call "borda" or "regala" (essentially, in a ship's upper deck, the barrier on the border that prevents people from falling off). The only words I found for it are gunnel and gunwale. Which of both is more commonly used? Are they even common at all?
Also do expressions such as "throw him over/out/through the gunnel" (not sure on the preposition either :D) or "X leaned on the gunnel" make sense?
Thanks in advance :)
I've looked and looked, and found one website where I can buy an aluminum gunwale, and shipping is about $400! There have to be other options out there right? or is this really all there is?
looking to restore an old fiberglass canoe with new wood gunwales.
question? anyone making kits in canada
im in victoria bc
Hiya. I need to get my trailer situation sorted out. I'm looking to transport a beach trailer on top of a road trailer.
I'm kind of figuring I can't really use a gunwale-style beach trailer, right? I need a beach trailer with proper hull supports?
Also the whole era of I’m No Angel and Just Before The Bullets Fly
I need a replacement Gunwale for my Old Town Guide 147 that was damaged when it blew away in a windstorm. I only need to replace one side. Old Town wasn't really helpful and couldn't give me a part #, and the local dealers can't seem to get parts either. Any ideas it's just a black vinyl gunwale and I only need to replace one side. I guess another option would be to redo them with wood strips, but not really sure how to go about it. Thanks for any ideas you guys might have.