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Old Town 183038

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by KurtsCanoe, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. KurtsCanoe

    KurtsCanoe Curious about Wooden Canoes

    This is for sale near me with a sailing rig. What can you tell me about it?
    It also has a "17" after the serial number.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 183038 is a 17 foot long Otca model with half ribs, rub rails, a keel, outside stems, a floor rack, a stern seat set at 32 inches, a stem band along the full length of the keel, a painter ring, and sailing equipment. It was built between April, 1969 and July, 1970. The original exterior paint was black. It shipped on July 28th, 1970 to Detroit, Michigan. A scan showing this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.


    This scan and several hundred thousand more 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 the canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

  3. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Black? Had to be a customer request, no? Interesting...
  4. OP

    KurtsCanoe Curious about Wooden Canoes

    It's currently black with a dark red above the waterline rub rail. Hard to see in the pictures. It was advertised as a 1940 canoe, but the price seems good regardless. Haven't seen it up close, but it appears to be in good original condition. Asking price is $1795. I don't know canoe values, but that's a deal, right?
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2018
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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