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    Just wondering, where does the term Oil Canning come from?

    Jenny Right-Side

    Sorry Jenny I do not get Bake em away Toys!

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    "Bernard":2ljhruk2 wrote:
    Sorry Jenny I do not get Bake em away Toys![/quote:2ljhruk2]

    Glad you bring this up…don’t get it either. Thought it was the french in me :lol:

    Jenny Right-Side

    There was an awesome Simpsons episode where Sideshow Bob wants to kill Bart, and the Simpsons go under the Witness Protection Program to Cape Feare as "the Thompsons"
    at the end of the show, Chief Wiggum is arresting Siedshow Bob, thanks to Bart’s plan to make him sing the entire score of the HMS Pinnafore while they’re floating in a houseboat down the river. After Bart explains how he foiled Bob again, the dialogue went something like:

    Homer: Oooh, a fiendishly clever intricacy.

    Bart: (Looks over at cops.) Take him away boys.

    Wiggum: Hey, I’m the chief here. Bake him away toys.

    Lou: What you say chief?

    Wiggum: Do what the kid said.

    The quote has nothing to do with boating, I just thought it was hilarious when I first heard it!

    [edited to fix the spelling of "Pinnafore"]


    I’m not 100% sure, but I suspect the term oilcanning comes from the effect of pressing on the bottom of the old-style metal oilcans with the thumb to squeeze oil out of the nozzle. The old oilcans were like the top half of a squat metal ball, which had a long tapered tube, the small end of which had a nozzle hole. The bottom of the can made kind of clanking sound as it sprang first inwards and then back out with each thumb press. The bottom of kayaks can somewhat resemble the bottom of a pressed in oil can bottom, if they’re left on top of a roof rack tightened down very tightly with ropes/straps in the heat of the sun, among other causes. A boat, which is flattened out on the bottom relative to its normal contour, is said to be oilcanned. Hope this helps. Cheers.

    Capn Crunch

    Thane hit it on the head. This is the definition of the term I read in a circa 1988 book on paddling. Doesn’t mean it’s true, but it’s the one I always think of when I hear the term.


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