Bart Isaac - Blazer 16
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Bart Isaac purchased a 2000 Blazer in 2021 and walks us through his refurbishing process:
Greetings! I purchased my fiberglass Mohawk canoe in October of 2021 as it was no longer being used by a camp rental in the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. I purchased it from the owner for a small amount and planned to just fish it with my son "as is".
However, I like to tinker and felt the boat could use an update. The date code suggests it was made in Feb 2000.
I did fish with it a few times before taking it apart for a refurbish this past December. I removed all of the aluminum and replaced it with scratch built wooden parts. I also removed the original foam, replaced it with fresh 2 part foam from Total Boat and then fully fiberglassed the bow and stern.The gunnels and sets are ash while the deck, thwart and handles are cherry. I painted it inside and out with Total Boat one part poly and the color is amazing (Aqua Mist). All the wood is UV protected with a couple coats of Pettit 1015 varnish.
Here are some pictures of the process and the finished canoe. I almost hate to take it out for some redfishing here in Northeast Florida, but I'm definitely going to do that soon!