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PostPosted: March 30th, 2018, 12:59 pm 
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Hey folks, well the $500 kevlar I picked up last spring did not make it through its first winter, but I figure even with repair it will have been a good price.

Any idea if there is someone in Ottawa that can do aluminum? Last spring Trailhead was $325 for vinyl and $650 for ash, but they did not do aluminum. They also sell the vinyl rails for $70 each if I want to DIY. How hard would that be?

I would prefer aluminum gunwales but I guess the vinyl will do. Definitely do not want wood.

I will post a video once it is available - maybe it is possible to just repair the existing wood in place not sure. The inside gunwales seem fine it is the outside ones that are iffy in a few places. Original owner also stored it outside.


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2018, 1:41 pm 
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Here is what it looks like - can I just repair that section of the outwale?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CAXg_W_XCM

Maybe I'll just buy the parts from Trialhead and try to do it myself with vinyl. Though aluminum would still be preferred.


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2018, 1:47 pm 
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Looks like Mad River sells aluminum gunwales to order.

https://www.madrivercanoe.com/us/experi ... site-hulls

I wonder if a local aluminum extruder might be able to make some for me?


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2018, 5:03 pm 
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Western Canoeing - Clipper Canoes - has aluminum gunnels - perhaps available from a dealer near you?

https://westerncanoekayak.com/aluminum-gunnel/


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2018, 5:44 pm 
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I had thoughts of ordering some 4' ash splicing sections to repair the wooden gunwales on my M.R. Indy from HarmonyGear.com https://www.harmonygear.com/products/98 ... -4-ft.html

Turned into a giant shipping hassle. Decided to "mill" my own sections with a table saw and power sander ... and found a lumberyard that stocked ash (Peacock's in Oshawa if anyone is interested) ... but I realized that if I waited until I got out there to buy the ash the work could be held up indefinitely. I decided to damn the aesthetics (I just want a solo boat to get on the water) and used more widely available white oak.

Didn't turn out to be a thing of beauty, but its not fugly either ... and now I'm ready to paddle!


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PostPosted: March 30th, 2018, 6:06 pm 
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This guy makes it look easy. Is it standard practice to make new screw holes and not go through the old holes in the hull?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiZzgUdHQp4


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PostPosted: April 23rd, 2018, 8:50 pm 
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User KipawaRob pinged me on this and offered to do it in wood if I wanted. His price was very competitive and the work is superb! I'll post some pics when I get some.

Thanks Rob!

Great to meet a fellow MyCCRer


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PostPosted: April 24th, 2018, 1:04 pm 
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Wood is definitely an option, especially if you just replace the outwale.

If you want to switch to aluminum that’s also an option.

Do you know the manufacturer?

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PostPosted: April 26th, 2018, 7:03 am 
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I make my own ash gunnels from 1x10 by 3/4" by 10' ash from a local supplier. I rip the ash to a little over 3/4" wide and then I made a jig to make long splices (10") on my table saw ( a cheep Sears table saw with a good blade) I glue two 10' piece's together with Tightbond III at the splice and end up with 20' ash gunnels. You only need 8 metal C clamps to do a good splice, and I can install them with those 8 clamps too. A belt sander cleans up the splice very well. I make new holes when I install the gunnels, not an issue imo

Here's a video of new gunnels going on. https://youtu.be/r-wcPPOWiIE


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