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Has anyone replaced the center yoke on their canoe before?

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So, some of you may remember the end of my solo trip last fall included a little wilderness engineering to repair my broken yoke.

Now that winter has passed, I need to get that thing fixed so I can get back on the water.

Has anyone made that repair before. I've found some info but most of it is pretty generic. Just seeing if anyone had any tips or tricks or recommendations for parts?

Thanks

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I snapped the yolk on a Penobscot 17 and had to replace it. It's pretty easy...just pick up a yoke (I think most of them are made out of ash) either online or at an outfitter. Cut it to fit the width of the canoe, drill holes for the mounting hardware, and bolt it on.

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Yea, I'd just buy a new one rather than try and fix a broken one.

But I understand if you want to try and fix it first.

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I just checked online...ash yokes are about $20. The outfitters in Ely are selling them for about $25. I'm not handy, so maybe it's possible to fix a broken wood yoke, but I'd spend $25 for the peace of mind knowing it won't crack on me the next time I toss it on my shoulders.

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I appreaciate the comments. I totally plan on replacing the yoke. I think I could reuse the one I have based on the minor amount of damage. Frankly, I'm disappointed in the poor method of attaching the yoke. Mine simply has two machine bolts with a tiny washer and nut. I can't imagine it would const tremendously much to add a tiny strap of aluminum or put metal /to the backside, just something to spread out the force and create a wider mounting surface rather than having two simple lock nuts digging into to tiny channels for a 8-32 machine screw. 

 

ANyway, If I change it up and try to add the metal strap as extra mounting hardware I'll make sure to take pics and share them. 

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Northwest Canoe in St Paul might be someplace to check out....

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Still not done yet. I haven't really had the time to commit to the process. I suppose I could order the new yoke.....

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