Old Town Sailing Canoe


Gene Ott Canoeist/Builder
I am looking for the build record for # 160691 18. Recently picked up a new sail made by Todd Bradshaw for her. Looking forward to trying canoe sailing this summer. Thanks
Hi Gene--

Old Town 160691 is an 18 foot CS (common sense) grade Guide model canoe, completed from August to December 1953. It has a keel and was originally painted guide special gray, sat for a bit and was shipped to Louisville, KY, on June 21, 1955.

The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. This scan and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ if you want more details. I hope that you and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to renew.

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.

Sounds like her new life will involve a lot of fun!



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Thank you!

Thanks Kathy. It appears I am the second owner of this canoe. It has not travelled too far, I picked her from Louisville where she was shipped. The canoe is in good condition and now will sail in Wisconsin. It is interesting that the canoe and I are the same age, I hope she is gentle with me on the water. They say ladys age better than men.
One way to prevent premature aging (for you and the canoe) is to "go deaf" when someone refers to the canoes built in the '50s as "antiques".

She should age gracefully as a sailor, skimming across the water.