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# 129931 old town HW?

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by floydvoid, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. floydvoid

    floydvoid Curious about Wooden Canoes


    I have acquired my second w/c boat of course while still finishing the first one...

    I was told that it is a 1940 OT HW model. I'm not sure if the previous owner has posted here or not but a search of my number didn't turn anything up.

    I have heavily researched my '28 otca, but know nothing about the HW, I have only read the OT catalog page from 1935. Is this considered the "white water" model? did it have heavier canvas on it?

    (my parents picked up the boat in CT while I coordinated from WA state, I'll be back in home NE in Nov) Thank God for understanding parents!

  2. Al Sienkiewicz

    Al Sienkiewicz LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Ryan: The Old Town canoe with serial number 129931 is a 17 foot long, CS grade, HW model with open spruce gunwales, sponsons, a keel and a floor rack. The canoe was built between April and July, 1940. The original exterior paint color was dark red. It was shipped on March 10, 1941 to Newark, New Jersey. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

    These scans were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. I hope that you will join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    - Al

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  3. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?


    I too have an HW. It is generally believed to mean Heavy Water. The hull is more rounded, but still stable. It has a nicer feel in big waves, like on Superior or any big waves. Flat bottoms tend to roll and pitch more than round bottoms. Pick up a copy of Old Town OUr first Hundred years. It's a good history of OT and very interesting and mentions HW.

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