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1910-1920 OT 18' Ideal? Deck

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Fritz Koenig, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Fritz Koenig

    Fritz Koenig get out and put in

    I am restoring my Grandfathers canoe and need to replace the decks. The decks do not look to be original and I don't want to copy them. I am hoping that somebody with a similar canoe be able to provide some measurements and a picture?

    Thanks
     
  2. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    http://dragonflycanoe.com/id/index.html

    Scroll to "Old Town" on the left, and you'll find a picture that should verify whether or not your decks are original. Perhaps someone here has an Ideal and can provide those measurements.

    Kathy
     
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    Fritz Koenig

    Fritz Koenig get out and put in

    Thanks.

    Did OT use this design that early? The picture on page 18 of the 1910 OT catalogue looks a little simpler. My decks have a more simpler curve like that in the catalogue (if I am seeing the catalogue picture correctly, it is hard to see). The decks on the canoe are 13.5 inches long, carved, not symetrical and one has a knot in it.
     
  4. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Ideal

    Fritz:

    I have a 1914 Ideal. It is a 16 footer, but the decks are probably the same. I'll shoot some photos, but it may take a day or so. I'll have to pull the canoe off the rack and out in the daylight.

    Cheers,

    Fitz
     

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    Fritz Koenig

    Fritz Koenig get out and put in

    Ideal deck

    Much obliged.
     
  6. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Yes, the Old Town deck design was relatively consistent from the earliest known ones until the 1950s. Decks were hand cut so there would be some variations. Most Ideals were AA grade so a noticeable knot in a deck from the factory would be very unusual.

    Benson
     
  7. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    OT Ideal Decks

    Sorry for the delay Fritz. Here are some photos and the dimensions from a 1914 OT Ideal Deck. This is a 16 ft canoe.

    The width of the deck is 6-1/8 inches.

    The length of the deck is 16-1/2 inches.

    The deck is 3/4's of an inch thick, and there is a cutout for at the hand hold.

    Let me know if you need any other dimensions.

    Fitz.
     

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    Fritz Koenig

    Fritz Koenig get out and put in

    deck

    This is great. Thanks!!
     

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