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1974 Old Town Serial Check for #200849

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Johnnnnn, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. Johnnnnn

    Johnnnnn New Member

    Just picked up my first OT canoe in Medford, OR today from a garage sale via CL. Drove a few hours to grab it at a deal. Past owner had it " about ten years" and "survived his 4 teenage daughters." He was very sad to see it go. I have three young children and we live very close to several large coastal lagoons and slow moving rivers here in Humboldt County, CA. I have been a kayak, raft guide in the past, etc..this is my first foray into the big haulers and i am excited to slow down a bit! Yes, it is almost 90 pounds, I know that's going to happen either way!
    The serial is 200849 and the HIN is XTC00849M74J. After doing some research on here and finding a brochure online, I believe it is a early 1974 OT Carleton Voyageur 17 in fiberglass (maybe a March 1974 build via another serial check on here?). It still has 1976 and 1977 Oregon Marine registration licensing stickers on it which is cool to me. It looks like their were four dealers in OR then. I would love to know any more history about it than I could. Thank you, this project here at WCHA is very neat.
    The canoe is the color yellow and in exceptional condition for its age IMO with only some small FG reinforcements I would like to make soon down the road. It has the original ABS seats, white vinyl rails and end decks. The balsa in-layed floor is very eye catching and it appears to have maybe had a raised floor installed at some point, maybe from OT? I'll make seat and thwart,yoke changes once I use it some, probably to cut some seat weight.
    The canoe has distinctive foam-blown bulkheads with a FG cap over them. These helped me determine it is a Carleton Voyageur 17. This model shares a similar 37" width, 15" depth and 25" bow height as the Chipewyan Tripper 17, just a little more family oriented hull, but still WW capable to bigger volume Class II-ish water.
    Excited to try it all and have some good old 70's fun either way. Thanks again WCHA, appreciate it.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 200849 is an 17 foot long fiberglass Carleton Voyageur model that weighed 85 pounds. It was built in April, 1974. The original exterior gelcoat color was yellow. It shipped on May 7th, 1974 to Scappoose, Oregon. The back side of the card indicates that it had light gelcoat and some dry spots on the balsa floor area. Scans showing both sides of this build record can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below.

    200849.jpg 200849-b.jpg

    These scans 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 donate, 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. More information about this canoe is available from in the scanned catalogs from the 1970s. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions,

  3. OP

    Johnnnnn New Member

    Thank you Benson, 3 pounds lighter than I thought, woohoo! :) Have made a small donation to WCHA for your time. Much appreciated and enjoy your Sunday!

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