Canoe History Enthusiast
I have been recently pondering the impact of aluminum canoes on the wooden canoe industry. The article at http://pineypaddlers.com/PP-Info/A-HTML/grumman-history/grummanhistory.htm quotes Eugene Buchanan, the editor of Paddler magazine saying "A 1975 brochure cited sales of m ore than 300,000 Grumman canoes in 30 years. Demand peaked in 1974 with sales of 33,000." The 1975 Grumman catalog at https://adirondack.pastperfectonline.com/library/AD8D3D73-4C02-4C2C-9709-648705449255 confirms this. The 1970 Grumman catalog at https://archive.org/details/grumman-boats-silver-year-catalog-1945-1970/mode/2up says "Just about 200,000 Grummans grace the waters of America and the world" on page two. If these numbers are all correct then Grumman was selling more than four times the estimated Old Town Canoe production during those 30 years. It is amazing that any wooden canoe builders survived through this upheaval.