Boardman River Clean Sweep
Mad River Canoe Restoration Report
Saturday, September 02, 2023
2023 Project #42

Back in late June, I ran into a local fly fishing guide at Jack's Landing on the Boardman River and he said he had a 16'
Kevlar, Mad River Canoe he wanted to donate to the BRCS. I took this with a grain of salt because nice Mad River
Canoes are not the sort of boats that get donated to us.

The next day, I got a call and he wanted me to pick it up at his house. He said it was in rough shape and needed some
work which usually means that it was toast. I met him and he gave the boat to me. The hull was in remarkably good
condition but all the wood on it was rotted beyond repair.

I took it and I immediately called Harold Lassers, the Super Fiberglass/Kevlar repair genious of the TAPC. He has repaired
dozens of canoes and kayaks and I knew he would like to see this one and I was right.

I wish I had taken better photos but you can take my word that it was not repairable and all the wood on it had to be replaced
including the cane seats which are really not very easy thing to do. Look at the nice job he did on the gunnels, seats and carry
center twart.

We took off all the wood and used the pieces for patterns to make the new wooden parts.

We used oak, maple, mahogony and redwood. The final canoe weighed 1 pound LESS than the original. Only 52 pounds.

Harold did a wonderful job and we will sell this, now pristine, canoe for a load of cash to help us keep the rivers in our area
clean and beautiful.

THANK YOU!!!! to Harold Lassers and to the DONOR of this canoe for this nice gift.

All the photos for this canoe restoration project are here:

All 16' Kevlar Mad River Canoe Restoration Photos

Norman R. Fred
Chairman - Boardman River Clean Sweep
10422 Peninsula Dr. - Traverse City, MI 49686

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