Serial number 172659 16

Andy Mitchell

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I have been using a 16 foot wood canvas canoe that we acquired about 10 years ago near Stillwater, Minnesota. The serial number stamped in the boat is 172659 16. I am wondering if someone can help me with the age and maker of this canoe. I have assumed it is an Old Town, but that has just been my assumption. Thanks.
Andy Mitchell
Hello Andy,

The canoe with number 172659 is a 16' Old Town Guides model, shipped with a keel installed and originally painted GS (Guides Special) Green. It was shipped to West St. Paul MN in March of 1963. A scan of this canoe's 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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