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curly
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Post Number: 453
Registered: 03-2006


Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 1:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I've heard from a reliable source that Mid-Canada Fibreglass in New Liskeard (makers of Scott and Bluewater canoes) ceased operation yesterday. Scott was at one time Canada's largest canoe manufacturer. Apparently, "The bank called their loans... The company has been on shaky financial ground for several years. The recession and under-performing diversification efforts finally overwhelmed them.... "
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tripper_dave
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Post Number: 70
Registered: 03-2004


Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 4:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

That sad to hear. My first real canoe was a Scott. It served me well for 10 years. It's still going strong at a friends cottage.
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grncnu
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Post Number: 318
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 9:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

"old canoes never die...



...you just don't have to worry about them being stolen anymore."
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brian
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Post Number: 1592
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 9:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Disappointing news about Scott. Mid-Canada Fiberglass and outdoor store Wilderness Dreams are part of this corporate group. The North is having a tough time as it is keeping jobs and this business was not about resource extraction.
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curly
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Post Number: 454
Registered: 03-2006


Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I will back step from my previous statement. I just phoned Wilderness Dreams (the retail store associated with MCF and Scott). They said that the only change is that the downtown New Liskeard store is closing, but the main store south of town is still open. And MCF/Scott/Bluewater is still open.

What exactly happened, I do not know. I did hear from more than one local source (as early as this morning) that the whole business had shut down permanently.
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grncnu
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Post Number: 319
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 10:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

well, here's hoping mcf survives.
the canoe pictured above, now in semi-retirement, was bought used in 1982 and is the "wilderness" model (basically a 16' prospector). we used it exclusively for 25 years.
it was bomb-proof, and by far the best canoe i've ever used for paddling into a strong wind with big waves.
one time i managed to get it wedged between the two sides of a 5-foot wide chutes with the full volume of the yorston river pouring into the interior of the empty canoe. i was by myself and could not budge it by a millimetre, the force of the water was so strong... long story short, it bent but (thankfully or i would have been in serious ****) it did not break. eventually i chopped down a spruce and was able to lever it up just enough so i could bail it out with my hat.
wouldn't want to try that with any other canoe!
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bush_pilot
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Post Number: 230
Registered: 03-2004


Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

This was my Bluewater when it was 3 weeks old. I took it back to New Liskeard and they repaired the gel coat for free, the dent just popped right out. I sure hope they stay in business.

(Message edited by Bush Pilot on October 11, 2013)
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grncnu
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Post Number: 320
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

hey BP, looks to me like the cedar strip gods taking revenge on fibreglass...
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bush_pilot
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Post Number: 231
Registered: 03-2004


Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I think you're right. The cedar strip is jealous or more likely angry since it has been demoted to sunset paddles around the island.
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campheiden
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2013
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 9:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

love Scott Canoes
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algomamoon
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2014
Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 - 5:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Anybody know who the best cedar strip canoe repair outfit is? We have 2 Chestnuts that need work. Want to take them to the best. Suggestions|?
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dan_carpenter
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Post Number: 89
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 12:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

algomamoon: Try Glen Toogood at Garden Island Canoe in Temagami. He does excellent work and has extensive experience in restoring Chestnut canoes.

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