Old Town painter rings


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I'm tinkering with a 1920's vintage Guide. It had some really ugly, huge, galvanized eyebolts for painters in the decks. I'd like to replace them. I was considering small brass painter rings - but somehow they keep saying "Canadian" to me.

Does anyone have suggestions or pictures of Old Town deck hardware from the 20's?
Take a look at the painter rings on the decks of the Otca at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7169512722 on eBay. The serial number listed for this canoe is not correct so it may actually be from the 1920s. (Serial number 32599 was assigned to a 15 foot long fifty pound model not an 18 foot long Otca.) Rings like these are still available today. Good luck,



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Exactly - Thanks Benson. Yes, I like the pad eye and ring version better than the Chestnut style I was referring to for this Old Town. I see Rollin and a few other vendors have some.

Thanks again.

Such painter ring assemblies are available directly from Old Town Canoe Co. as well. They run about $10 each, and are solid brass. Someone also wrote about making such rings in a past issue of Wooden Canoe.

My 1927-1929 18' Guide model has the same rings as the Ideal. Look at the first photo in this album:


I media blasted both rings and they came out brighter but not shiney - a nice compromise. I ordered some new rings from OT but ended up keeping the originals. The dimemsions are very nearly identical. Drop me an email if you want me to send them to you as they are just collecting dust in my parts bin