Restoring Our 40 Year Old Canoe


The Frontiersman Canoe

The Frontiersman Canoe

Way back in about 1975 or so I bought this wonderful little canoe.  It was a 15′-3″ fiberglass boat called a Frontiersman.  They were made in New Westminster BC at the time.

After many years of faithful service and numerous epic voyages the canoe migrated to my mom’s house on Spring Lake.  We had a small fleet of sea kayaks keeping us very busy at the time, and the canoe was the perfect craft for her small wooded lake… and there it lived (and almost died)… for years.

So maybe I watched one too many Ray Mears wilderness canoe journey videos, or maybe I just needed another project, but whatever the reason I decided it was time to drag that baby home and see about restoring it.  As you’ll see in the video, it’s going to be a massive undertaking.

The Boat House

The Boat House

So thats where the canoe is gonna live for the next few months.  I’ll keep you posted with some updates as the project continues.

Suzie in the canoe circa 1977

Suzie in the canoe circa 1977

Here is a classic photo of Suzie in the Frontiersman canoe on the Skykomish River from years ago.

Maybe next summer we’ll have it seaworthy and be back on the river.

That’s it for now, thanks for following along.



About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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4 Responses to Restoring Our 40 Year Old Canoe

  1. says:

    I,m restoring my 14 ft still water canoe had a hole in and cracks inside it. I,m waiting to put a third coat of marine paint on it had to fix the seats to, can,t wait to get it out on the water jake r

  2. Sheri says:

    My grandfather owner Frontiersman Fibreglass. He passed away last year but always loved to see pictures of people still using his canoes. I hope your project goes well & you get many more years out of it.

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