Stunning French mahogany canoe circa 1930's. Just under 15 feet long with solid gunwales and keel. The French call these Canadian canoes although they were built in France between the 1930's-50's. This early version features 1-1/2" wide internal ribs that eliminate the need for lengthwise running boards. The hull is secured with copper and brass nails from the outside in. No damage noted, although it could probably use another coat of marine-grade varnish. Made by, “Rocca”.
We purchased this canoe in the south of France near Bordeaux. It features a rare sailing rig that was sold as an option with a 3-section mast that is 15 feet tall. It has full rigging that includes original mainsail and jib, along with jib sheets and original tackle secured to the boat. There is a main and jib halyard with appropriate pulleys and cleats. Amazingly it even has side stays as well as fore and aft stays. It features a charming French pennant at the top of the mast. The rudder is aluminum with a tilt-up feature that is fixed to the stern by a metal pin that passes through brass eyelets. It has lines attached to port and stern wings on top of the rudder to direct it.
Oddly there is no leeboard, but it does come with a lovely all aluminum M-50 outboard motor made by Marquet. The motor is in excellent condition. The motor mounts to a special removable cross transom bracket that clamps to both sides of the boat. The engine pull even has the original string and olivewood handle. It features a tilt-up position. The canoe comes with it’s original folding wooden seats which are removable. It also comes with a 2-wheeled dolly that secures around the middle of the canoe for a one-person transportation ability. This canoe fits nicely on top of a SUV luggage rack. The weight is approximately 140 pounds.
Was water-tight when tested one year ago. Additional photographs available upon request. We will gladly assist with delivery arrangements but buyer is responsible for all shipping costs.