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18 ft. OT sailing canoe

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Jim_in_No.MN, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Jim_in_No.MN

    Jim_in_No.MN paddler and restorer

    I'm looking for build information for an 18 ft. Old Town sailing canoe with a serial number of 175109. A little help...many thanks!
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 175109 is an 18 foot long guide model built on the Otca form with a keel, narrow two and 3/4 inch planking, two hand carry thwarts, a floor rack, a painter ring, and the stern seat moved two inches forward of the usual location. It was built between August and September, 1965. The original exterior paint color was red. It shipped on June 3rd, 1966 to Chicago, Illinois. The back side of the record indicates that it was used by Bruce Nett for photography and was repainted red on May 13th, 1966. A sail rig was not mentioned so that may have been added after it left the factory. Scans showing both sides of this build record can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below.

    175109.jpg 175109-b.jpg

    This scan and several hundred thousand more were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others as you probably know well. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. I hope that you will contribute, 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.

  3. OP

    Jim_in_No.MN paddler and restorer

    Thanks Benson. I'm pretty sure of the serial number, so it seems that the seat with the mast grommet and other hardware were added after sale. There is a sticker for Chicagoland Canoe Base on a deck, so being shipped to Chicago fits.

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