I recently acquired this canoe and I plan on restoring it. I would like to find out what make it is as well as year manufactured. There are no markings on it other than a serial number plate (shown in the picture) The serial is 681601. Any of you guys help me out? Thanks!
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Never seen one like it.|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Sep-19-13 5:44 PM (EST)
As long as you are wondering about the boat in general, you might be interested in some pluses and minuses about the boat, though these are strictly my own opinion.
ID this canoe|
Posted by: MORiverPaddler on Sep-19-13 5:56 PM (EST)
It looks kind of like an old Osagian or predecessor, made in Lebanon MO????
I suggest a conservative approach, |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-19-13 10:46 PM (EST)
with an eye toward getting it back into service. It isn't a "classic" and it doesn't have thoroughbred lines, but it is in mostly sound condition and can serve you and others in most ways that any canoe serves.
Posted by: biofish on Sep-19-13 11:44 PM (EST)
Thank you for the great info on the restoration. I didn't think it was any type of classic, or really worth much.. I just hate to see a boat not being used and thought i could put it back to it's former glory.. It will be a good project to learn things and enjoy.
My 2 cents...............|
Posted by: thebob.com on Sep-20-13 12:11 AM (EST)
Posted by: biofish on Sep-20-13 8:32 AM (EST)
Thank you for your honesty. You are probably right about it and I am sure I will find out soon. . I did not buy it, it was given to me by a neighbor.. i probably would not spend a dime on it if i had to buy it looking like this. Good to know that there are places like this where you can get knowledgeable advice on such subjects. thank you.
Strange boat indeed|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Sep-20-13 9:10 AM (EST)
Zooming in on the photos reveals some strange construction. The seat frames are welded round tubing! But the ends are crimped flat, bent, and riveted thru the side just under the gunwales. The gunwales are a very light angled construction, with nothing on the inside of the hull skin. The end caps are a very heavy casting like those on a Michi-Craft rental hull! The thwarts are a simple aluminum tube crimped flat and bent at the ends. The rating plate is generic and just to each side of the plate are holes and a shadow line from where another larger plate was attached. Like the original manufacturers plate was removed and the generic plate attached in its place. This may have been a private label canoe from Sears, Montgomery Ward, Western Auto, etc. The construction is definitely price driven, not quality driven. There were decals on the hull, faint shadows of them are visible.
looks badly twisted ...|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Sep-21-13 9:59 AM (EST)
..... could just be the photos , but it looks twisted to me . If so , you won't be fixin that !!
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Sep-21-13 5:11 PM (EST)
I think the one side just bent more at the thwart than the other. Its a pretty sharp bend at the thwart. If that is brought back to the original curve I think everything will look normal.