Gunwales: one-piece or scarfed; painted or varnished?
I have an 18 foot Dan Kidney rowboat with a 5 foot beam and a wine-glass stern, with two sets of oars approximately 10 feet long.
I believe it was made before 1920.
It has obviously been repaired/rebuilt.
The gunwale of the current version is in four sections with scarfed joints and painted a crimson/mahogany color.
My gut tells me that the gunwale was originally in one piece (steamed, bent, or perhaps cut out of a largter piece) and that the original (oak?) was varnished.
CommentsDan Kidney Gunwalesby: Mike
Am I right in assuming that the gunwale is damaged and you need to replace it?
Or is it just that “crimson/mahogany color” you want to replace?
The Dan Kidney ‘Duck Boats’ were originally painted but I’m sure the rowboats gunwales were varnished.
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