Also this week, I have an older Souris River canoe in for gunnel replacement. This canoe had Ash gunnels on originally and the owners, who keep a cottage at Big Whiteshell Lake, don't have a covered storage space, which is typical of many canoe owners. The wood has deteriorated and it was decided that aluminium gunnels would be a more appropriate choice.
The gunnel replacement on the old Souris River Jensen Tripper is done. Black looks pretty good on the old girl. I made up some fibreglass end caps, too, to cover and protect the gunnel ends. As a finishing touch, the outside face of the rivets is painted black.