OTCA 17 Description
Old Town Canoe and Kayak
OTCA 17 Reviews
There is something about a…
When I first saw her, she was…
I found the number on her and sent off my payment to Old Town and found she was started in 1926, rested over Christmas holidays and filled and finished in February of 1927 then shipped to a hardware store in New Jersey.
She is a 17' OTCA, AA grade. All mahogany trim, seats, long decks with combing and a floor rack. She has all the options that Old Town offered at the time including outside stems, keel and a rub rail.
The original canvas was repaired, not replaced, the paint inside was stripped down to bare wood again then several coats of varnished applied inside, dark green oil paint outside.
I've paddled this canoe for twenty some odd years now. I have fished, camped and spent many a long night under the stars with this canoe. Next to my son, she is my best loved possession and will never be sold. I paddler her every chance I get. The Boy Scouts at camp call her the Cadillac when she shows up in the summer. They all paddle her and respect her unmatched beauty. She leaks a little now, but we all will when we get that old.
If you have a chance to acquire a wood and canvas canoe, do so. A little more work and a little heavier than other types of canoes but there are none more beautiful or satisfying to own.
The 17' OTCA is great for hauling gear and open lake travel, tracks well in wind with the keel. Get the AA grade because it looks so swell.