Build Sheet description


Curious about Wooden Canoes
Hello Members,

Would someone be so kind as to give me a brief introduction on the items listed on a Build Sheet. In particular referance to "grade" and "model" as it applies to Old Town canoes.

Do you have a build record already? It might be easiest to walk you through an actual record.

Old Town canoes were built in three grades and many models. The grades are AA (top grade, with mahogany trim), CS (common sense grade, with hardwood trim other than mahogany), and GS (guide special grade, with less attention made to the surface finishing of the canvas part of the canoe).

I'll attach a couple pages from an Old Town catalog which explains this, with information courtesy "The Complete Old Town Canoe Company Catalog Collection, 1901- 1993", available on CD from and on the web.

Going over the specifications of the various models might require a book-length reply. There's a nice book already, "Old Town, Our First Hundred Years", by Sue Audette, that may answer some questions.

Some popular OT models are the Otca, the HW, the Charles River, the 50 pounder, the Guide and the Yankee... but there are others and it's easier to give information on a specific one, if you're interested in a model in particular.

Feel free to ask for more specific information or provide a serial number and we can look it up.



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Thanks for the introduction.
I just aquired an Old Town sailing canoe and will post a request for build record soon.

Hello again--

While sail rigs could be put on any of Old Town's models, it's most commonly seen on the HW model and perhaps the guide is in second-place. It'll be interesting to see what the record says. Congratulations on your find.