Nearly 50 years ago, the Old Town Canoe Company in the Maine
town of the same name began construction of this 12 foot Sport Boat. The
building began on May 18, 1967, and lasted until July 5. The original customer
was the Cranford Boat & Canoe Company of Cranford, NJ.
Specifications are as follows: Length, 12 ft. Width, 48” at
the widest point. Stern width, 43”. Bow
height, 23”. Depth, 17”. Approximate
weight, 98 lbs.
Although in basically sound condition, this boat needed some
work. One plank was broken, two ribs severely cracked, the canvas was in
tatters, and the outer gunwales were in sad shape.
To keep the boat as original as possible the ribs were
carefully removed from the boat, repaired with waterproof glue and reinstalled.
The full length plank was replaced with a new one, and the mahogany outer
gunwales replaced with exact copies of the originals, steamed and bent into
place. One seat, cracked in the middle, was also removed, glued and put back
in. The canvas has been replaced with new #10 weight canvas.
All hardware on the boat was intact with the exception of
the stem band, which was copied and replaced with new brass. The rest of the
hardware has been reinstalled on the boat without disturbing the patina. New domestically
manufactured silicon bronze slotted wood screws were used to secure the new
outer gunwales, and all the slots align. Every tack has been inspected, then tightened
or replaced as needed.
The interior of the boat is finished in a rich matte finish
varnish with UV protection that was sourced from Jamestown, Rhode Island. The
paint is from a company in New Bedford, Massachusetts that in 1846 started
producing paints for the New Bedford whaling fleet. 170 years later, they have
provided a semi-gloss white marine paint for this restoration.
The result is a boat that is ready for another 50 years of
use. The overall impression is one of quiet elegance. The boat has accumulated scars
over the years, but instead of detracting, they give character. The boat wears
its age gracefully. Oh, and be prepared for people to pay your boat a great
deal of attention. . .it seems to just make people smile and approach you!
Because the boat is so light, only about 98 lbs., a trailer
is not required. Two people can easily load the boat on most vehicles that have
a roof rack. Storage isn’t a problem either, as it can be hung from the ceiling
like a canoe or kayak, freeing up valuable space.Two rowing stations and the ability to mount up to an eight HP outboard give some options as to how to move the little boat through the water.
Although oars appear in one of the pictures, they are not
included because they are too short. The correct length for this boat would be
7 ft., or 7’6” if you prefer to overlap your hands.
Pickup in Westbrook, CT is available. Delivery in the Northeast is possible, using a fully
enclosed V-nose trailer for complete protection. Please contact me to discuss
this option that is available after full payment has been made. If you prefer
to have a trailer for the boat, one is available at reasonable additional cost.Connecticut residents, 6.35% state sales tax must be added.
Thanks for looking at my ad, and if you have any questions,
I will do my best to answer.