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1926 Old Town HW*
The A.A. grade was Old Town's state-of-the-art output at this time. No expense was spared in materials or workmanship. The HW model featured a completely flat floor as well as a very full bow and stern that afforded excellent stability in rough waters with high waves. The upswept ends were designed in homage to Native American bark canoes. At 65 lbs. with particularly great carrying capacity, this model was very popular with sportsmen who regularly moved from lake to lake on hunting and fishing expeditions.

*Note: John Summers at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY has advised us that rather than ‘Heavy Water’ the Old Town designation ‘HW’ refers to Henry Wicksteed of Coburg, Ontario, a famous Canadian civil engineer active during the 1870’s through 1890’s. Henry’s travels and refinements of canoe design were first incorporated into this Old Town model so the company paid homage to him in this way.


Photos:
1926 Old Town Heavy Water canoe
1926 Old Town Heavy Water canoe
1926 Old Town Heavy Water canoe

1926 Old Town Heavy Water canoe


Canoe Statistics:
Original Owner:
Abraham & Strauss
New York, New York
Completion Date:
March 3, 1927
(Construction began on this model in 1926.)
Serial Number:
90764 16
Delivery Date:
June 24, 1927
Length:
16 feet
Beam (maximum):
33 inches
Depth (amidships):
12 inches
Weight:
65 lbs.
Color:
Green
Grade:
A.A.


Woods:
Ribs:
Eastern White Cedar
(no imperfections)
Planking:
Eastern White Cedar
(no imperfections)
Gunwales:
Mahogany
Decks:
16" Mahogany
Thwarts:
Mahogany
Keel:
7/8 " Ash


Seats:
Bow & Stern:
Hand-caned Mahogany



Restoration Details:

  • Hardware: All original
  • Planking patch (cedar) between port side bow ribs no. 10 and 11 (from center), 1-5/8" x 1"
  • Two 1/4" holes in bow ribs no. 9 and 11 (from center) filled. Holes were from installation of aftermarket sailing rig that was not restored due to poor quality
  • Exterior hull: 3 coats of filler, 2 coats marine primer, 3 coats of enamel on new #10 canvas
  • Interior Hull: 4 coats of UV protective Spar varnish, 2 coats of Satin finish marine varnish
  • Seats: Recaned by hand, 6 coats of varnish as per interior hull


Defects Still Present:

  • Planking surface crack between stern ribs no. 13 and 14 (from center)- epoxied
  • Outwale, starboard at bow ribs 3 and 4 (from center) missing piece 4 3/4 " x 1/4"- glued and smoothed
Price: $5,800.00
SOLD

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