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old town canoe 114351 17

Discussion in 'Annual Assembly' started by bruceb, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. bruceb

    bruceb New Member

    I am seeking information concerning this canoe that I am restoring.
  2. MikeCav

    MikeCav Restorer/Videographer

    Welcome to our forum. Canoe # 114351 is a 17' HW model in CS (Common Sense - ie. not fancy) grade. It had open spruce gunwales, oak seats, decks and thwarts and a keel. The original color was bright green. It was shipped to New York City in April of 1935. A copy of the build record is attached.

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    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.

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  3. OP

    bruceb New Member

    oldtown 114351 17

    Mike thanks for responding to my inquiry. I must say as a new member
    to WCHA I am a bit overwhelmed by all the info. I am confused that this canoe is 1935 yet the topside decals look like the ones I found for 1940-50
    except that they say "old town boat co." Any advice? thanks,
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Hi Bruce,

    Welcome to the WCHA. My guess is that you have a decal that looks like the one in the attached image below. These were for the boats and dinghies but they occasionally got put on canoes. It was probably added by someone who did some repairs well after it originally shipped from the factory. Feel free to reply here if you have other questions or want more information. Thanks,


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  5. canvasback

    canvasback New Member


    That decal looks perfect. is it a modern repro or just a perfect old one?
  6. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    It is a new old-stock (N.O.S. in the automotive world) decal that was put on a new Old Town dinghy in the 1990s. The image below shows an older version with the black bar from a recent eBay listing. I do not believe that anyone has reproduced these.


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