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PaddleWise Discussion on the "Tyne" folding kayak - Restore or Preserve?

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Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 15:40:54 -0500
From: wanewman
Subject: Re: [Paddlewise] The "Tyne" folding kayak - Restore or  Preserve???

Peter Osman wrote:

> G'Day,
> Does anyone know anything about a folding boat called the Tyne?? I was
> staying with my sister in the country in the UK two weeks ago and her
> husband told me he once paddled a folding kayak, in the 60's 70's! All
> family obligations were forgotten in a flurry of assembly and it turned out
> to be in pretty good shape apart from two broken struts some rat holes and a
> bit of discoloration on the canvas. It was somewhat similar to the Klepper
> in basic construction - but I wouldn't go to sea in it!
> Question - is this boat rare or common? If its rare should we be careful
> about retaining the original fabric? If its commonplace it would be easy to
> repair and does anyone have any spare struts, fabric or other material that
> might help and which they would be willing to sell or exchange?
> All the best, PeterO

Hi Peter,

Bill Newman here,

My parents used to import and sell the Tyne boats and I grew up paddling them.
My parents still have a few boats that have survived for nearly 40 years!  They
also passed on some Whitewater magazines including one from 1955 that had an
articles on "The Revolutional Fiberglass Canoe", and "White Hell - Running the
Royal Gorge On the Arkinnsas".

 I forget when the company went out of business, but my understanding is that
they have not made the boats for many years.  I doubt that the boat would have
any great value other than perhaps sentimental value.

My father sold one of our old boats for about $400 U.S - not exactly a fortune,
but it needed major restoration and guy who purchased the boat fell in love with
the beautiful wood frame and was having a new canvas cover made for it.  My dad
was just glad to sell the boat to someone that would appreciate it.

Perhasp Ralph could give you sugestions for getting a new skin made.  The wood
frames when taken care of can last for decades.  I could check with my parents
about getting a boat rebuilt, but I don't think they have done this for years.

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 20:42:35 -0700 From: ralph diaz Subject: Re: [Paddlewise] The "Tyne" folding kayak - Restore or Preserve??? I agree that the value would be mainly sentimental as the skin would be costly to obtain. I know of one fellow who offers to do skins for any boat but I am not certain he does a good job, so I can't recommend him. If you find someone to do it, look to pay about $1,200 or more. That is the cost to the person making one. Sometimes a skin can be brought to life with special paint on coatings or by putting other material over the hull. But if stitches are gone or the seam area is worn away, there is little hope. Tynes were excellent boats as mentioned above. It is too bad such companies are Pioneer, Hart, Tyne went out of business. Only Klepper and Folbot remain from firms that were still operating in the 1950s (some 80 firms existed pre WW II). Nautiraid too although it changed its name and style from the old Chevaux company. ralph --
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