Chestnut Canoes For Sale: Adopt a Wood-Canvas Canoe

April 30, 2013


by Mike Elliott, Kettle River Canoes

 Wooden canoes are in a league of their own.  They are elegant, beautiful and move more gracefully in the water than any other water craft that dares to call itself a canoe. The trouble is that if you want to own one, you have to find an old classic canoe and then have it restored.  At Kettle River Canoes, we make these amazing canoes available to you – just pay for the restoration and it is yours.

 Of all the classic canoes ever built, few are more sought after than those built by the Chestnut Canoe Company.  They produced more than 150,000 canoes in their eighty years in business.  Catering to outdoor enthusiasts of every description, Chestnut built canoes ranging from small, light-weight solo craft to large, rugged working canoes capable of handling anything the Canadian wilderness has to offer.

 Right now (April 30, 2013), I have four Chestnut canoes available for sale.  However, unlike other canoe restorers who restore a canoe and then offer it for sale, we identify a canoe that is currently in need of a good home.  The current owner can no longer use it, so they send me some pictures and I ‘put it up for adoption’.  Sometimes, some money changes hands in order to transfer ownership to an ‘adopting parent’.  Then, we bring the canoe to our shop for a full restoration.  This way, the new ‘parent’ has complete control over what happens to ‘their’ canoe.

 Note: Although I have posted pictures of the various canoe models available, they are not the actual canoes up for adoption.

 Your canoe can be painted any colour you want.  If you want a red canoe, that is what you will get.  It is entirely up to you.  So please, use these pictures as a guide to help you imagine what your canoe will look like.  We do not touch (and often do not even see) the canoe until it arrives in the shop.  As a result, the ‘adopting parent’ has complete control over the process – and that includes determining the colour of the finished canoe.  If you want an original Chestnut colour, we have matched all of the originals. 

11' Chestnut Featherweight

11′ Chestnut Featherweight

An 11' Chestnut Featherweight canoe is hoisted overhead with one hand in the 1994 reprint by Plumsweep Press (Roger MacGregor) of the 1950 Chestnut Canoe Company catalogue.

An 11′ Chestnut Featherweight canoe is hoisted overhead with one hand in the 1994 reprint by Plumsweep Press (Roger MacGregor) of the 1950 Chestnut Canoe Company catalogue.

11’ Chestnut Featherweight Canoe (circa 1960) – This canoe weighs about 35 pounds. Beam – 34”; Depth – 12”; Carrying Capacity – about 350 pounds.  One hand-woven cane seat.  This is a beautiful solo canoe that can be handled by anyone.  One of the old catalogue photos shows a man holding this canoe over his head with one hand.  Fully restored – $3,900 

15' Peterborough Minetta Pleasure Canoe

15′ Peterborough Minetta Pleasure Canoe

15' Chestnut Twoser

15′ Chestnut Twoser

15' Peterborough Minetta Pleasure Canoe

15′ Peterborough Minetta Pleasure Canoe

15’ Chestnut Twoser/Peterborough Minetta Canoe (circa 1955) – For many years, the canvas canoes for both Chestnut and Peterborough were built in the same factory on the same moulds.  Technically, this particular canoe is a Peterborough Minetta, and is exactly the same as the Chestnut Twoser.  Beam – 33”; Depth – 12”; Weight – about 65 pounds; Carrying Capacity – 550 pounds.  Two hand-woven cane seats.  This is a very fast, responsive canoe suited for the experienced paddler (or two).  It can handle lakes and rivers with grace and elegance on overnight trips.  Fully restored – $4,200

17' Chestnut Prospector

17′ Chestnut Prospector

17' Chestnut Prospector

17′ Chestnut Prospector

17' Chestnut Prospector

17′ Chestnut Prospector

17’ Chestnut Prospector Canoe (circa 1977) – Often copied, never equaled – this is the real deal. Beam – 37”; Depth – 14½”; Weight – 82 pounds; Carrying Capacity – 950 pounds.  Two slat seats.  This canoe is perfect for extended wilderness trips.  It is a large-capacity canoe that dances through Class 3 rapids and keeps you safe on big, storm-tossed lakes.  Fully restored – $4,500 

1975 Chestnut Canoe Company catalogue description of the Chestnut Prospector Vee-Stern Canoe featuring a picture of the 18' model mounted with an outboard motor.

1975 Chestnut Canoe Company catalogue description of the Chestnut Prospector Vee-Stern Canoe featuring a picture of the 18′ model mounted with an outboard motor.

18’ Chestnut Prospector Vee-Stern Canoe (circa 1970) – This Prospector is a vee-stern model designed to take a small outboard motor (up to 6HP) without affecting the design features that make the Chestnut Prospector the ultimate wilderness tripping canoe. Beam – 38”; Depth – 15”; Weight – 110 pounds; Carrying Capacity – 1100 pounds.  Two slat seats.  Fully restored – $4,200

 For more information, contact Mike Elliott (Kettle River Canoes) – phone 250-442-0312; email artisan@canoeshop.ca

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9 Responses to “Chestnut Canoes For Sale: Adopt a Wood-Canvas Canoe”

  1. Bill Says:

    Nice site. I have a 17′ Chestnut Prospector that I bought new in 1970. It is in original condition, original paint and varmish and decals. I used it lovingly but due to my age, it needs a more active home. It has not been in the water for over 30 years. Interested??

    Bill

  2. mark laframboise Says:

    recently purchased a mans and ladys chestnut canoe co. paddles. Could you tell me how common these are.thanl you

  3. Pierre Tetreault Says:

    Bill,
    Do you still have your canoe? If so let me know.

    Thanks
    Pierre Tetreault

    • Mike Elliott Says:

      Hi Pierre,

      At this point, there is a 16′ Chestnut Pal available as well as a 16′ Chestnut Ogilvy, a 15′ Peterborough Minetta, an 11′ Chestnut Featherweight (weighs 38 pounds!) and an 18′ Chestnut Cruiser. If you are interested in any of these canoes, please send me an e-mail, artisan@canoeshop.ca

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