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..... probably cleaned up and 303'd .
Hard to tell condition just from those pics but since you've seen it personally and you believe it's in very good condition , then it probably is .
You might consider checking the ser.# with Old Town to confirm manuf. yr. , but probably not nessasary , it does have the sculpted butt pan molded into the seats ... much better (way more comfortable) than the former (earlier) flat top seats .
Thwarts should be removed and inspected , but even if they are in need of replacement , definately not a deal breaker .
700. sounds fair to me , and the 172 Tripper is a fine canoe , also makes you feel good and safe when things start to get a bit rough ... I like high volume canoes myself , and the 172 Tripper is one of them .
I believe it weighs about 80 lbs. , not bad at all in my book for what a 172 Tripper is and can do . I consider it an excellent peidmont/mountain river canoe .
It don't have a deep V bottom (don't think I've ever heard of that in a canoe) ... it should be a nice noticable arch bottom and looks like it does from the pics .
Enjoy it . Blue is nice ...