back in May past chapter member David Burke contacted our chapter head Millie Sass. David had a canoe that he had started the restoration on but was unable to finish. He wished to donate it to our chapter with the hopes that we could finish it and donate it to the fundraising auction at Assembly. Since we already have one to donate for this years Assembly and the time was short I suggested it would be a good Idea to donate it as is and give someone the opportunity to finish it themselves. The fact that it was a late 70s Old Town and the photos he sent were unimpressive had me pretty non committed about it. Millie had picked it up from David and brought it to me at the freestyle paddlers event at Coopers Lake this weekend. I and other chapter members were pleasantly surprised when we assessed the canoe. When I first saw the boat I thought that the quality of the planking looked as good as some of the much older Old Towns I had worked on. It turns out this is a 1979 15' Trapper. It was one of the early canoes that had clear fiberglass exterior so that the planking was visible. I assume this is why they used such nice planking. Does any one know if this happened for these clear glass boats? Any way you are thinking "not a fiberglass restoration" but the glass has already been removed and the planking is in great shape. Minor repairs have been made to the stems and inwale tips and new decks installed. This is going to be a really sweet project for someone to pick up. You would be unlikely to find a later boat with planking this nice and no fiberglass. There is a nice brass builders deck tag and a brass HIN tag. No diamond head bolts and aluminum stem bands (replacements?) Thanks to David for donating this nice boat. Check it out when you get to Assembly.