Hello paddling people!
I have recently found and purchased a vintage Navarro Legacy canoe. I say "vintage" because this 13' Legacy was built by Vernon Pew when the company was still operating out of its original location in Mendocino County. I will be (slowly) restoring this beauty over the next several months. The hull is in great shape - no holes or dents, and it floats as it sits. The majority of the work lies within the woodwork. The gunwales are completely shot, and I'll have to remake the decks. The yoke will need a tad bit of repairing, but the other two thwarts are in great shape. I will also need to apply a new layer or resin on the sole as some of the cherry wood inlays have dime sized areas of exposed wood. The only work I've done on it thus far is remove the seats, yoke and thwarts, and swept out the sole.
I also realize that for projects like these, pictures are worth a thousand words, and as I can not upload photos within the post, I have created a photostream album where I will be posting all of my progress, as well as the issues that I'm sure will arise throughout the process. Here is the link: http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/ohuigin/slideshow/Navarro
To keep from spamming the other message boards, I will be only posting questions and commenting about the project within this topic.
I look forward to talking with all of you knowledgeable folks about the project, and I want to thank you all in advance for helping me bring this beauty back to the water!