My white gold Bell Flashfire was widened by the original owners. My understanding was that they had only widened it about 1", but tonight I took measurements and it appears to actually be 2" wider at the gunwales than a stock Bell Flashfire.
I’m finally ready to replace the very uncomfortable wood kneeling thwart with a cane bucket seat from Ed’s Canoe so it will be comfortable enough for 6hr to 8hr river trips and was planning to return all of the gunwale widths to stock width, but am a little concerned about whether replacing the thwarts with 2" shorter thwarts might result in damage in the hull along the edge of the core mat, which had been suggested when I first inquired about returning the width to stock late last spring, when I thought it was only 1" wider than stock.
Note: The thwart and seat placements are measured from the outer edge of the gunwales, which overhang the hull at the bow and the stern by 1".
Measurements taken at the gunwale, not the center of the boat. I think I was doing it correctly with the arc method.
Stock Flashfire measurements, as I know them, are in ().
53" to center hole of front thwart (52")
81" to front edge of 5" wide kneeling thwart. (84" to 1st screw hole for seat)
83" to 1st kneeling thwart screw.
85" to 2nd kneeling thwart screw.
53" from stern to center hole of rear thwart. (52")
Width measurements taken at the seam of the inwale and outwale:
24.25" wide front thwart. (22.25")
24.0" wide rear thwart. (22.25")
27.0" wide kneeling thwart. (25.0")
Here’s the questions:
- Ar the stock Bell Flashfire measurements listed above correct?
- Are my concerns about replacing the 2" longer thwarts with stock length thwarts and seat legitimate or unfounded? I’ll just leave the gunwales at the widened width, if it’s likely I’ll damage the hull by shortening them.
The “stock” Bell Flashfire measurements that I have referenced were given to me today via phone conversation with Paul at Colden Canoe while he measured them off a Bell Flashfire that he has.