thanks Benson, there are three marks approx. 1/4 inch tall. two together near the bolt hole and a 1/2 inch space between the next one. I believe the boat to be a 11ft. 4inch 1931 old town candin dighy. does the two ones together support that. also can a boat be identified through location or original owner. I posted photos on research and history forum under 1931 oldtown?? thanks agin Phil
The chart at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/oldtown_chart.html indicates that an Old Town dinghy from 1931 should have a serial number in the 100000 range. You have also probably noticed that the Old Town dinghy with the telegraph code word of Candin was listed in the 1931 catalog as being 11' 4" long, 56 inches wide, and 51" at the transom and yet your message at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=4039 indicates that yours is 11' 2" long, 58 inches wide, and 50" at the transom. There is no Old Town dinghy that matches these dimensions more closely and the lack of a six digit serial number leads me to guess that this might not be an Old Town dinghy. Nearly all of the major canoe builders offered their own version of a dinghy but a quick search has not come up with a better match for this exact size.