1960's Chestnut Pal???


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I have an old w/c canoe that I believe to be a mid-1960's Chestnut Pal. I have searched through several identification guides online, and the Pal is the closest thing I can find to my canoe. Couple of questions...

1) I can not find a serial number on it anywhere. Did they include a serial number anywhere on the boat?

2) All of the wood is in fair to good condition. 1 small hole (dime-sized) and one place where it has been fiberglassed (4"x4"). I have removed all of the canvas. Does this have any value unrestored?

3) I do not have room in my shop for this anymore. Where would be a good place to advertise this to sell, and what would be a fair asking price?

Please send me an email to jmtp79@yahoo.com if anybody can provide any input on these questions.

Thank you.

1) Most Chestnuts did not have a serial number. The information at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=791 may help you determine if there is one on the inside stem.

2) It probably does have some value and you are usually better off selling it unrestored. The best information about how to value and sell a wooden canoe is at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=57 in the FAQ section.

3) The classifieds at http://classifieds.wcha.org/ are the probably easiest way to find a good home for this project. There is no listing fee if you decide to offer it for no charge. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


I have a mid 60s Chestnut Pal as well (in restoration limbo). Posting some pictures would help a lot if you'd like it identified.

Serial number!

I just picked up a 16' Chestnut and plainly visible is the serial number on the front stem.........#16 01......! But this canoe is in excellent condlition on the inside except for the 3 broken ribs that I need to replace.