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Getting it done-Ole Chapman Pirogue,circa 1982

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Got an ole Chapman pirogue,possibly one of first ones crafted by Ron Chapman,and I replaced the rotted cypress gunwales about 23 years ago,fashioned out of 2 by 4 pressure-treated and cut down to size a tad thicker than original(Steve Geraci,shop foreman,commented on how well-built my second gunwales were)and the second ones finally bit the dust and my older son and I built these and I actually ran outta marine 5200 adhesive before I could finish!!Take a look and these are gonna last another 20 years,I will be about 80,hope to still be duck hunting by then!!Want to completely repaint her with duck boat green and camo-stencil her-use her for very stable and mobile duck blind(put about 20 giant palmetto branches around her).Hope them big ducks start showing up and have heard from Lacombe buddy that the doggone blue wings are out in full force vs very few in teal season!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Getting it done-Ole Chapman Pirogue,circa 1982
Had one other pic,that of other un-finished side(ran outta marine 5200 adhesive)and know that duck season right round de corner and with my busy Medicare Consulting schedule,gotta get my pirogue work done pronto and still have to cut down Giant Palmetto branches so essential for total stealth hunts!!Going to Slidell Ducks Unlimited Banquet this Th and hope to network with bunch of diehard duck hunters!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Getting it done-Ole Chapman Pirogue,circa 1982
You can buy, at least you could about 9 years ago the replacement gunwalls from Chapman.
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Re: Getting it done-Ole Chapman Pirogue,circa 1982
Yep,I have heard that they were available and I did consider buying them but if ya know anything about the Chapman pirogues,their Achilles heel is the cypress gunwales and the first replacement set was from pressure-treated pine and they lasted 23 years.The synthetic gunwales are nice though nowhere near as sturdy as the 2 by 4 gunwales and like I stated,the shop foreman was very impressed with the first set,they are extremely sturdy and they do not add that much weight to the pirogue.I did not realize it would take more than one tube of marine 5200 but that stuff is indeed incredible and stands the test of time.I will sand the entire pirogue,apply duck boat green paint(Crescent Color in either Slidell or Mandeville)and will camo-stencil the entire pirogue getting her even more stealthy!!

Mandevillian
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