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1940s Old Town square stern canoe/boat

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by tschwer01, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. tschwer01

    tschwer01 New Member

    Any ideas what this old boat may be worth if I were to sell as is with an EZ Load Trailer? My rehab project just isn't going to happen.


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  2. David Satter

    David Satter LOVES Wooden Canoes

    More info would be good. Look for the serial # inside stem. Better pict. of interior, and where is the boat located. Dave, Maine ?
  3. OP

    tschwer01 New Member

    Yes, Central Maine. It's a 1947. I just thought someone would want this old beauty. All wood/canvas, gorgeous boat. Unfortunately, I can't unload the boat until I get the rest of the barn situated this Spring so interior pics are impossible right now. Got lots of stuff to get rid of! I'll look for that serial number. I can't find any of these for sale so it's hard to get a ball park idea of the value. thanks.
  4. jwil

    jwil Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    I paid $124 for this one last year also in Maine without a trailer it needed stripping/refinishing canvas and a keel DSC_0046.jpg
  5. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    For a discussion of determining value, see the post at:

    In addition to the factors discussed in that post, consider the location of the canoe relative to potential buyers. While people living in central Maine have a higher than average interest in boats and canoes, there just are not very many people living there. Further, transportation/shipping of the canoe can be a serious issue that will likely affect price.

    A few years ago I bought a canoe on eBay located in Mattawamkeag, Me. We live in Brooklyn, NY, and probably would not have considered the canoe at any price, except for the fact that we also have a place in in Dover-Foxcroft, Me., about an hour from the canoe seller. As it was, we were the only bidder. If that canoe had been located in eastern NY, Conn., MA, or even southern ME, I would have expected more bidding, and it well may have sold for quite a bit more than we paid for it.

    Also, while a trailer can be a desirable asset, not everyone wants or needs one, and because it raises the price, may drive away a potential buyer. On the other hand, there are likely people who want a trailer, but are not interested in your particular canoe. You might consider selling and pricing them separately, while offering a "package" price for both.

    As a WCHA member, you can place a classified ad here on the forums or in Wooden Canoe, our journal. An ad should include basic information such as condition and length (it’s surprising how many Craig's List and other ads leave this out), and some good pictures always help -- look at several existing ads to see what works and what doesn’t.
  6. OP

    tschwer01 New Member

    Thanks for the input. I sold the boat for 2K a couple weeks ago. Not sure I got all I could out of it as there were many interested parties, but I am pleased.

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