16’ Chestnut Guide Special wooden canvas canoe

Condition: Used

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My beautiful 16’ Chestnut Guide Special is for sale (built 1922-1979). Bought in Nova Scotia, it’s been with my father and I since I was a girl, about 38 years now. It was built in Fredericton New Brunswick, estimating 100 years ago (Chestnut closed in 1979). We’ve maintained it over the years, most recently, the outer gunwale was replaced and the canvas was patched at the bow and stern (Headwaters canoe; 2019). At this point, it does need a new paint job. I sanded and put on a new coat of spar varnish, summer 2021. It remains in great shape.

The canoe is really a piece of Art. I brought it from Nova Scotia to Wakefield Quebec in 2019 and have paddled it only a few times as I can not maneuver it out of the water alone, guessing it weighs between 70-80lbs. This is not a lightweight tripping canoe as it’s a beautiful canvas covered cedar strip craft. This Chestnut Guide Special deserves an owner who will appreciate her and take her off the saw horses and into the water where she belongs!

Please fee free to ask questions. I can deliver within a reasonable distance, can be discussed.

  • Length: 16 feet
  • No Keel: Guides were designed for fishing expeditions in rivers. Hence, no keel. You could add on a keel for flat water paddling, but then you no longer have an Authentic Guide Special.
  • Oak gunnels
  • White lead filled: Not synthetic
  • Caned bow and stern seats in great shape
  • Location: Wakefield, Quebec

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