old town transom stearn rowboat


Curious about Wooden Canoes
Hello, I'm hoping 153248 belongs to a old town row boat with sponsons. Any help with the canoe card would be appreciated.


Old town number 153248 was a 14-foot CS (or common sense) grade square stern canoe (or row boat?) with sponsons. It was built in 1949 and shipped to Tilton, N.H., in 1950. It had cedar planking and open spruce gunwales, plus outside stems and some kind of keels. The build record is attached.

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Hey Norm, Thanks so much. Is there any info on the back of the card or catalogue info?


There was nothing on the back of the card. The surrounding scans were for different boats.

I've attached a page out of the Old Town catalog for 1949 showing the square stern row boat or motor boat with sponsons, which I assume is yours. This image comes from the catalog CDs that are available from the WCHA store, if you want more information.



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OK, now I'm curious. Do you have any photos of the boat you could share with us? What's a bilge keel?

Hi All,

Bilge keels are a pair of secondary keels, set off to each side of the centerline keel. They are usually placed just at the beginning of the hull's curve. I have a 14' Old Town sailing dinghy that has them, and my Willits sailing canoe has them as well.
Thanks Norm and Mark,

Here are a few shots. The row boat weighs ~175 lbs. so I took "bilge keel", photos from another boat already on her back.
I see bilge keels on boats that get hauled on the bank often and also powered boats more than nonpowered. They are placed at the turn of the bilge, hence the name. Sort of sacrificial protectors. They also help trap some water and cause the boat to lift and plane more easily when under power and they would give a sailing boat more laterial stability and keep her more "close", winded which allows the boat to point closer to the wind and slip sideways less.

Thanks again for the info,


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Thanks. It looks just like the boat in the catalog. And in good shape, too.