This canoe belonged to Jason Curtis’s grandfather who was an outfitter on the SW Miramichi and Cains Rivers. Jason remembers his grandfather guiding sports in this boat even in spring water. Jason used the boat as a young man and learned to fish in it. This canoe sat in a field, unused for many years, after Jason moved up to a 26′ Sharpe. Jason liked the work that my brother and I did restoring a pair of Wade’s old 22′ Chestnuts and gave me this boat to do the same with. My brother and I completely rebuilt the boat including new outer rails, some ribs, many planks, new thwarts and keel, and then we covered the bottom with two layers of fiberglass cloth and epoxy. The boat is strong and handsome, and would make a great boat for poling or running with a very small outboard. It would be especially handy on a smaller river like the Cains. I just have too many canoes as it is, and it will never get used. It sat for the last few years up at Mahoney Brook with essentially no use. I brought it home this fall, gave it a fresh coat of paint and varnish inside and out. I’ll deliver the boat anywhere in NB or New England, or you can pick it up at my house in Falmouth, Maine anytime. It needs someone to love it for what it is, an irreplaceable piece of NB salmon fishing history that will give someone many years of pleasure, but needs a little care in return.
I have many more pictures that I took of the restoration process. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to see any of them.