by Steve on February 15, 2009

I’m done painting at least for now.  Ran out of paint.  At $35/qt for marine enamel you don’t purchase excess.  The fourth coat did pretty well and it may end up being the final one at least for a season or two.  So, time to flip ‘er over!


Generally speaking I don’t like anything involving a brush but this was fun to watch the white cedar pop as the varnish soaked in.



Sand in between a few more coats, install the seats, thwarts (again), and brass stem bands and it will be time to get it wet!  The blue turned out a bit lighter than I wanted but I’m happy with it.


ManlyDad February 15, 2009 at 18:44

Beautiful. Got a name for her? (Do canoes get named?)

SJBill February 16, 2009 at 0:06

A wonderful job, Steve.
Just curious — how much does she weigh?

Kath February 16, 2009 at 7:12

Just looks better every time you show it. Very nice.

And, yeah, do they get named?

Steve February 16, 2009 at 7:29

Canoes don’t typically get named but I’m sure my wife will eventually tag this one with a name of some sort.

Finished weight should end up just a little over 60 lbs if I did it right. By contrast my Old Town Discovery 158 (plastic ) weighs 80 lbs but you can drag it over land full of duck gear like a sled. No such abuse for this girl!

Pinch February 16, 2009 at 8:55


That looks absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous lines. Now you can take Command Afloat without having to be a Boat Officer.

Well done.


Grumpy February 16, 2009 at 14:31

In an earlier part of my life, I loved to work with wood. I have a deep appreciation for your fine craftsmanship. Sir, WELL DONE!

Steve February 16, 2009 at 15:22

Pinch, I had Command Afloat in addition to the Fleet Drunk Barge off FID. VS Wing Commodore’s pontoon boat on the St Johns river…. Disregard – it was pretty much the same mission, just different craft!

Kathy February 16, 2009 at 16:24

What a great looking canoe. Very beautiful work.


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