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Aluminum canoes What about aluminum canoes?

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Well-made aluminum canoes are rugged and most dents can be punched out. They are the ultimate no-maintenance canoe. Even when left outdoors all year, neither rain nor snow affects them and they will not take on weight with age. They are rigged with flotation air tanks or foam compartments to render them unsinkable. On the downside, aluminum canoes are noisy, tend to cling to (rather than glide over) rocks, and conduct heat and cold. Most aluminum canoes carry their beam well forward and aft so that they push rather than cut through the water. This hull design, however, makes them initially more stable and increases their carrying capacity.

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Aluminum canoes can be very heavy, both in the water and out.

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How do you replace gunwales?


Depends on the type of canoe and construction. Any answer depends on that. It is basic woodworking skills (riveting on factory parts if aluminum or vinyl).

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Brazing aluminum pipe for automotive ac.


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I have a coleman canoe about 1978ish model 5907-719 17 ft. I can't find a replacement center thwart. Any ideas?


Post a picture of what it looks like, if you can.

If it was wood, then just make one. Else make a wooden one to fit where the Aluminum would have been. That is the usual thing to do with older boats, and cost-effective.

If you really care about the canoe, seek out an old one for sale "well used" and buy it as a replacement or for parts. An elderly Colman is not worth a lot, so don;t spend a ton on fixing the first one.

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I would recommend painting it with a type of paint that would adhere to the material the canoe is made of whether that is aluminum, fiberglass, etc. My guess is that you have been leaving only half of the canoe in the sun, so when you store the canoe, either keep it in a shaded area or cover it with a tarp to keep the sun off.

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Your going to have to replace the bracing, the poly plastic your canoe is made of needs it to retain it's shape. If its an older one the bracing should be made of aluminum tubing, you can buy this then cut to size shape and fit to your canoe. If its a newer one say made by pelican {they took over for coleman} its made of plastic this will prove to be harder to do. Either way its a big job

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I am looking to find a cheap second hand canoe for me, my husband and 10 and 7 year old to use on the lakes of MN. I have been offered an aluminum Grumman for 400, and I do not know if it comes with...


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How do iI chose a fishing boat?


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