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Old Town 16' Yellow Fiberglass 187547

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Natrone, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. Natrone

    Natrone New Member

    Hello - hoping to get some information on Serial # 187547

    Purchased in Houston, TX for $500
  2. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

    Probably an FG model (one piece molded fiberglass gunwale/seat system) from maybe 1971 or 1972 would be my hunch without seeing it or looking it up. Balsa-cored flat-ish bottom with keel. They were fairly heavy compared to some boats, but nicely done.
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 187547 is an 16 foot long fiberglass Carleton model with a keel that weighed 78 pounds. It was built in September, 1971. The original exterior gelcoat color was yellow. It shipped on October 11th, 1971 to Houston, Texas. 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 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,

  4. OP

    Natrone New Member

    Thank you, Benson!! Very interesting and glad to have a canoe from 1971. It has stayed in the Houston area, it seems! Have taken it out in the Trinity Bay a few times, handles nicely in wind and open water (following the shore). In thanks, I have donated to the WCHA

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