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    I found this boat on Craigslist being given away for free. It is very very damaged, and I am hoping to return it to a useable condition. I know it will never look pretty, but I am hoping I can get it in a good enough condition to take some long river trips and not worry too much about it being destroyed.

    I have no idea where to begin with this. I greatly appreciate any advice anyone can give me. Right now my only idea is to literally beat the gunwales back into shape with a mallet or something. I am a college student and do not have the money to order new gunwales, but I would consider replacing them with homemade wooden ones if that is even possible.

    So what do you guys think? Is this possible?
    Any advice is greatly appreciated
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  • #2
    Re: Repairing a very broken free canoe

    Sooo, is she ALL aluminum or just the rails?
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    • #3
      Re: Repairing a very broken free canoe

      I have yet to see it in person, but it looks like aluminum rails with either plastic or fiberglass hull. Judging by the lack of holes and other cracking damage, I would guess it's probably not fiberglass
      Here's another picture:
      http://imgur.com/a/clABE
      Last edited by Markesmongu; March 24th, 2014, 03:49 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: Repairing a very broken free canoe

        It looks to be Polyethylene. Not much you can do with that part of it so I would agree with your assesment. (Beat the aluminum pieces back into some sort of shape and enjoy it!)

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        • #5
          Re: Repairing a very broken free canoe

          Ayuh,.... Welcome Aboard,.... Appears to be an ole Coleman aluminum framed poly plastic canoe,...

          You'll probably have better luck striaghtenin' the rails, OFF the canoe,....
          Aluminum work hardens, so move/ bend it once, or as little as possible, or it'll crack, 'n break,...

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          • #6
            Re: Repairing a very broken free canoe

            If you can get hold of a piece of wood and some C-Clamps you can carefully try to bend the gunwales back into shape...



            Get a rubber mallet to help "beat" the gunwale into submission...
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              Re: Repairing a very broken free canoe

              Yeah, that's why I asked. I'm thinkin aluminum rails and plastic hull. As stated you want to "Move" the aluminum the minimal amount so to do so, I'd attempt to fabricate some "Forms" out of wood and then use clamps to pull the aluminum into the shape of the forms. Or like you say, you could use some White Oak and make some "Spiffy" gunwales and make a "WoodOnGlass" canoe. Hey, I like that Idea!!!
              Last edited by Woodonglass; March 25th, 2014, 01:05 PM.
              1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
              Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
              Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint...Say What!!!

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