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Felix's Canoe Sealing the second stem.

Hello Folks Following on from paddling Felix's canoe at Beale Park Boat show. I left her to dry for a couple of weeks. At the show she leaked a little which seemed to be concentrated around the stem that I didn't pour varnish around! After a day of paddling the leaking did stop and I put this down to swelling of the timber but as she is a canoe that won't spend all its time in the water I Want to cure this altogether by hopefully sealing her further with varnish. With that in mind I decided to let her dry and repeat the process I used on the other end to effect a seal. I mixed up some 50 /50 turps and varnish. Then I poured it around the stem. I lifted the opposite end of the canoe a few tim

Beale Park Boat Show Day 3.Looks like a Sunnyside Cruiser?

Hello Folks Day three began with a dewy start. Pic 1 I went for a quick spin around the lake before the gates opened but as you can see it was a little choppy as the wind got up. We had a good selection of wooden canoes on the WCHA stand. With Sam's Wide board canoe named June. Nicks Chestnut soon to be turned upright for passing admirers. Sam's Old Town hw. A lovely big boat with fine sweeping lines and Al's UFO (in red) that at some point during the weekend we set to and altered as we suspect it had been widened by a previous owner. Because the show has other stands that have a selection of boats some also have the occasional canoe amongst them and it was on one oif these stands that I fou

Felix's Canoe floats without leaks at Beale Park Boat Show Day 2.

Day 2 began on the cloudy side and some of us headed out for an early morning paddle before the gates opened. Felix's canoe was leak free probably as a result of the dampness in the air and the rain in the night and I paddled around to take a picture of these rather fine tugs. Ian had put up a sign by the waters edge that was a little worrying. Charles had a canoe well heeled over There was also a rather fine painted canoe on the water. Later in the day there was a demonstration by these Newfoundland dogs who have been trained to rescue people in danger of drowning. Out on the lake there was more boating action as this Yacht passed in front of me. I think this coot may have stayed in this s

Felix's Canoe takes to the Water at Beale Park Boatshow Day 1.

Hello Folks After spending a long weekend at Hay on Wye for the OCA Canoefest ( more on that later) I returned to the workshop to pick up Felix's Canoe to take her on her first official outing. This was to be with my WCHA friends and other wooden canoes at Beale Park Boat Show. I was able to fit both the Dabchick and Felix's Canoe on my roof rack with the aid of some extension bars I had made from Iroko. The drive down had dampened the hull and after a few test runs any leaking soon stopped. By the morning I was able to take her for a paddle in the mist without getting wet apart from the dew on the grass. As I paddled around the lake I had some strange looks With mission accomplished we took

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