Old Town Sailing Canoe #171396 15 - Info Please?


Curious about Wooden Canoes

I am the extremely fortunate new owner of an Old Town Sailing Canoe, Serial No. 171396 15. She is in beautiful condition, complete with the entire sailing rig, as well as a removable rowing/sculling seat with oars. Can someone possibly give me the information/history on this canoe?

Many thanks,

Rob Bergh
North Chatham, MA
Congratulations on your new canoe - I hope you have a lot of fun plying the waters of the Cape.

171396 was assigned to a 15' Fifty pound model with a keel. There is no mention of a sailing rig in the build record, but that was a common add-on later. It was originally painted dark green and shipped to Boston Mass in 1962. A copy of the build record is attached.

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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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Thank you SO MUCH for the information and such a prompt reply. How wonderful to find at the top of the Build Record, the name of the gentleman whose wife I purchased the canoe from...

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