Canoe CSI

by Steve on January 10, 2012

I’ve been eyeballing the previous repairs on the Otca with a high degree of suspicion. The replacement planking and ribs didn’t look, feel, or smell like any type of cedar. So I wasn’t exactly shocked to find this:

20120110-184327.jpg Hey, you can mill any species of wood down to the dimensions used for ribs and planks but don’t expect the stuff to last! No wonder most of the replacement ribs forced into the boat years ago failed.

There are a few that I was going to leave but not after that find. They will stay long enough to help define the shape of the hull and then they will get replaced as well.

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