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New wooden canoe owner in IL

Discussion in 'Guestbook' started by Bryan T. Johnston, May 21, 2019.

  1. Bryan T. Johnston

    Bryan T. Johnston New Member

    picked up an old wood canoe from my next door neighbor this weekend. Hasn't been in the water in around 40+ years. It’s an old town 16 footer. It looks like its in excellent shape for its age, anything i need to check before i put it in the water?
  2. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

    Check to see if they still have to be state registered in Illinois and wearing the appropriate state sticker. The last time it was in the water, that stuff wasn't required.
  3. OP
    Bryan T. Johnston

    Bryan T. Johnston New Member

    here's a photo of it. Can anyone provide details?

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  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    It looks like an Old Town. More details may be available if you provide the serial number. The information at may help you find this number if you aren't sure where to look. A water test isn't likely to hurt it.

  5. OP
    Bryan T. Johnston

    Bryan T. Johnston New Member

    THANKS!...I'll pull it down tonight and take a look.
  6. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    No state stickers are required for Illinois any more! Unless you put a motor or sail on it, then they get you.

    Whereabouts in Illinois? I'm up in the NE corner...
  7. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    There is only one other requirement for launching. You must take pictures to share with us. We like pictures. :cool:
  8. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Interesting...where has it been all these years? It does not look like it's been used much. What did your neighbor tell you about he the original owner?
    Do post the serial number.

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