HI all, Im new to the forums but not to canoes. I picked up my late grandfather’s canoe recently. It cleaned up well, and I already knew the keel and stem had significant wear. Looks like it will be a simple fix. I know that anything structural should be done inside, so I may end up needing to remove the tanks.
One question, are the tanks supposed to be airtight? It made sense to me they should be, but a couple armchair folks said they shouldn’t be. Their reasoning was there is foam in them for floating so don’t need to be sealed.
The canoe seems to be a 78 model Yankee Rebel by Sawyer. My great grandmother had a cabin in Oscoda. Great times. I spent a bunch of time in this canoe when young. Its in really good shape. I’m amazed by how well it has held up being stored outside its whole life. It just about got burned up via a grass fire a couple years ago.