Not sure what I have...please help...

by Dave
(Sandusky, Ohio)

I restored this canoe,kayak Sail with pontoons and rudder...

Not sure who or when this was made...

I recanvassed her...but havent tried to figure out the mast and rigging yet...

Just would like to know more about her...

Someone told me she looked like a mead glider...

Not so sure on that...any help would be appeciated...

thks.. email address


What Canoe?
by: Mike

Hi Dave,
It’s not easy to tell from the photograph, if you have some better pics you can email them to me at and I will add them to your question.

She could be a Mead Glider, on the other hand she could simply be any canvas on frame canoe that has been adapted.

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Oct 19, 2011
ID'ing a Mead
by: Walt


Mead Gliders "ki-yaks" had aluminum, and during WWII sometimes steel, ribs in the form of a low "hat" in cross section.

After about 1934 they were often stamped with "T H Mead" and a patent number.

Often there was a little brass angle for reinforcement at the back corners of the cockpit.

The floats in the background look very much like Mead.

Mead made ten foot, fourteen foot and sixteen foot kayaks, and twelve and fourteen foot boats that were essentially truncated kayaks built to be rowed or powered by a small motor.

Most, if not all, of these five models could be made with either a square cockpit or a more traditional pointed cockpit.

The four longer craft had a beam of about 35 to 36 inches, if I remember right.


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