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Old Town 18'

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by mike fleming, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. mike fleming

    mike fleming New Member

    I just recently purchased an Old Town canoe, I'm wondering if anyone can find this build sheet or any additional information for me?
    Serial number is: 62232 18

  2. normsims

    normsims Morris canoe fan


    Old Town canoe #62232 18 was an 18-foot Guide Special model built in 1920 and shipped in 1921 to Minnesota. The build record is a bit difficult to read, but the canoe apparently had sponsons and was originally dark red. It had open spruce gunwales.

    The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. This scan and several hundred thousand others 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 and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

    If you are selling your canoe and plan to use this build record information as part of an ad, please consider giving the WCHA credit for this information on eBay or craigslist or wherever your canoe is listed.

    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
    mike fleming

    mike fleming New Member

    Thanks Norm, I look forward to restoring this canoe. It's in pretty bad shape, but I should have some pretty good before and after pictures. Any tips on fiberglass removal? Thanks again, Mike.
  4. normsims

    normsims Morris canoe fan


    Ah, fiberglass removal. Heat, basically. Some people on this forum who have experience removing fiberglass can give you better advice than me.

    If you could post some "before" pictures now, that would help. Restoring a canoe of this age should be a lot of fun.

  5. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Heat gun, putty knife and lots of patience. And keep a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case... (Bill Miller just uses an axe...)

    Fiberglass varies widely with respect to how well its stuck - sometimes it pops right off, other times it's tenacious.
  6. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Round the corners off the edge of the putty knife; it helps reduce gouging the wood. Be patient, and gentle.

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