After many years sitting on tires in the brush behind my mother’s house, I decided it was finally time to rescue the sail canoe we used when I was growing up. It’s an Old Town Penobscot with a sailing rig, including big heavy wood dagger boards and a similar rudder. I remember it sailed a bit like a bathtub compared to the sunfish I sailed at summer camp. I also remembered the boat being very heavy, but to my surprise it actually doesn’t seem that much heavier than my royalex Wenonah Heron, so now I’m wondering if it’s royalex as well, or something similar. Does anyone know off-hand when royalex when into and out of production? Can I figure out the manufacture date from the serial number stamped on the hull? What else could the hull be made of? I don’t really see the weave of fiberglass but maybe it’s under the paint? Seems too light to be poly/plastic and too heavy for something like kevlar.
As you can see, the wood work is in very sorry shape. I can replace the thwarts and yoke easily enough. For the bow seat with the mast brackets, does anyone sell parts for sail canoes anymore? I’m guessing not and that I’ll have to track down some ash lumber and try to recreate it, rescuing as much old hardware off the current seat as possible. That route leads me to using webbing rather than caning on the front seat, in which case I’d want to do the back to match. This goes against a nice retro look on the restoration, but I’m not going to learn to cane and not sure I want to put in the money to have someone else do it.
Thoughts and suggestions welcome!!! Thanks!