serial number help


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I have a restored Old town and I would like to know the model and year built- SN# 87737-17. can you please let me know.
Old Town serial number 87737 17 was a 17-foot CS (or common sense quality) OTCA with open spruce gunwales and oak decks, thwarts and seats. It had a keel and a floor rack. Its original color was brilliant green with a 1/2 inch gold stripe. The canoe was started in 1925 and shipped in 1927 to Detroit.

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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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