Any idea how hard it is to switch out a kev. spec Nova craft Pal from aluminum to wood on the gunnels? I can get gunnels from North West Canoe. Is it worth the effort to save a few hundered bucks?
Where are you saving the bucks?
Just by doing it yourself? Or by how you source the gunwale material?
Wood is very nice, but may be a little heavier, if that matters. Also with wood, it is best to store the boat inside or in a carport so it can dry out between uses. Aluminum is happier than wood for outside storage.
Boat is always stored
upside down in shed about 7 feet off ground. I love the boat, but hate the gunnels, (athetic, not preformace related). The boat is a demo so it is cheaper. I would save some bucks if I bought it this way and put the wood on myself. Just do not know if it is such a pain that it is not worth it.
The drop from hull edge to pop rivet may be greater with alu. rails than wood. It is a royal pain in the backside to laminate small patches over the exposed holes on the hulls inside, then daub, then sand gel coat out to 1500 grit.
Thanks Charlie, it seems to me I remember hearing that now. Ya, a real pain indeed. Thanks for the info.
I’m doing that very thing now, only on a Souris River. I didn’t measure the drop, so I suppose I’ll have to take what comes! Good tip, though.
Incidentally, I am not finding it too hard, but much more time consuming than I expected. I also have some expert supervision and a full shop.