17ft 197x AeroCraft Apache 17 Canoe

Date: 2015-05-11 21:44:45
City: Dubois
State: PA
Status: fs-deleted
Source: http://pennstate.craigslist.org/boa/5019893760.html

17' Aerocraft Aluminum Canoe by Browning Marine - $500 (Dubois, PA)
For sale is a recently refurbished 17' aerocraft aluminum canoe manufactured by Browning Marine. The canoe is in excellent condition with 2 refinished oars. The canoe does not leak. Below are the data plate details.

Model: Apache 17
Max Person Capacity: 745 lbs.
Max Total Weight Capacity: 825 lbs.
Max Motor HP: 5HP

This canoe was designed by a group of aircraft engineers (hence Aerocraft). As a result the assembly of the canoe is of great quality and lightweight for its size group. It's wide body design is held together with aircraft fasteners, AN470AD-6 to be exact. These are very heavy duty rivets with a shear strength of 26,000 PSI and tensile strength of 38,000 PSI. The canoe is very solid and can shrug off some of those unfortunate accidental hits with no problem.

That said there have been no major damages to this canoe, and the only damage to note is the typical wear and tear dents and gouges you will find on any canoe that has seen time in the water. There is one rivet that required replacement on the bottom of the canoe. It was replaced with an identical aircraft rivet, using aircraft rivet installation tools, done by an aircraft mechanic (myself). I am sure that you would not be able to identify the rivet replaced.

For loading convenience I have installed two handles, one at the front and one at the back. Each handle was installed with 4 aircraft quality blind cherrymax rivets, CR3213-6. They will not come off! I have also rewoven the 2 built in seats with new nylon seat webbing. I have primed and painted the canoe with marine quality primer and paints. The paint is quite durable and has no problem with water. However, I am unsure how it would hold up if it was in the water for several continuous days at a time without being dry-docked.

The paint serves a few purposes. Not only does it make the boat look pretty darn sharp, it helps keep it cool. I was out on the Allegheny river last year for several hours in near 90 degree sun and as we were bringing the canoe ashore at the end of the day, everything was still cool to the touch. The bottom of the interior has anti-slip paint and provides a great grip for entering/departing the canoe. The canoe seated 4 of us comfortably.

So as is listed in the advertisement I am asking $500 for the canoe and oars.

I will also sell touch-up paint by the quart at $10 (40% less than I paid for it). As mentioned before, the paint is durable, but if hit, could still scrape off. A quick light sanding and repaint of the area will keep it looking pristine with very little effort. A quart goes a long way too.

If there are any questions I have left unanswered, please don't hesitate to email, call, or text me and I will do my best to quickly answer your question.

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