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Build sheet for 17 foot OTCA

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by dhansen, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. dhansen

    dhansen Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hi Benson.

    My friend recently acquired an Old Town OTCA 17 with the serial number 235758 or possibly 235759.
    It is fiberglass covered with a white over blue paint scheme. We're hoping it was glassed at the factory and not after. Since someone has gone over the interior we wonder if it was totally restored or not.

    Thanks for the help!

    Dennis Hansen
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 235758 is 16 foot long Guide model so my guess is that the correct number is 235759. This is a 17 foot long Otca model with a keel, outside stems, rub rails, and a fiberglass covering in place of canvas. It weighed 88 pounds and was built between September and October, 1980. The original exterior paint color was dark green on the bottom and white on top. It shipped on November 25th, 1980 to Milford, New Hampshire. The back side of the record indicates that it may have moved to Nashua, New Hampshire by March of 1981 when they got a phone call about it. Scans showing both sides of this build record can be found below.

    These scans and several hundred thousand more were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others as you probably know well. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. I hope that you will donate, join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

    It is 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. Good luck with the project,



    Last edited: Nov 20, 2020

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