View Full Version : 1923 OTCA brought back to life

09-15-2016, 09:01 AM
Hi all,

I realize this might best be posted on the WCHA site, but this is the one I mostly frequent. Thanks to all for the wealth of information on these virtual pages. We just finished and launched our 1923 Old Town OTCA.

New canvas, a few new planks, some of the frame ends are renewed using scarfed-in wood, new outwales, inner stems rebuilt with scarfed-in new wood, (the inner stems still have the Old Town stamp), new outer stems and keel, re-caned in the snowflake pattern.

While posting this, I wondered if there was ever a discussion for having a "Launchings" section on the Forum?

Anyway, a lot of what I've been able to do came from learning from you.


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The little one, mostly along for the ride.

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09-15-2016, 09:14 AM
Very nice. I think at WoodenBoat Queenie Foster has the "extended content" side of things for online and Robin Jettinghoff does "Launchings" both online and for publishing.

09-15-2016, 09:35 AM
Great job Andy!

09-15-2016, 11:37 AM
Just beautiful!

09-16-2016, 09:42 AM
Thanks. It was a treat to paddle around. It was also originally built as a sailing model, though when I found it on craigslist, none of the sailing hardware was there. The floorboards are notched for the step, and the old aft stem had the holes indicating rudder hardware.

The next chore will be to source/make the sailing rig.


09-16-2016, 10:11 AM
Hey Andy, I believe Old town still sells bronze sail rig hardware for the old rigs. I had a 1955 18ft HW sailing canoe that we restored nearly 15 years ago. I sold off the boat long before I got around to building the rig.

Also, check in with Todd Bradshaw about sail rigs.

If you have any interest.. I still have 2 mahogany boards I was going to use for the lee boards and I also have a rudder from some other boat that could be modified. Much as I dream and wish I were building boats again I don't see it happening anymore. I still haven't re-canvased my 15ft solo and I have the canvas!

09-16-2016, 10:29 AM
I do have Todd's book. In fact, it was one of the first in my collection. Funny, I just brought it over to the night stand last night to get ideas.

Thanks for the offer. I have a good amount of wood and metal bits to play with. I'll enjoy the process. Since the original rig is lost, I probably won't become too fixated on recreating what it would've been.

09-16-2016, 10:40 AM
Maybe I'll see you around Delaware Valley WCHA activities? Andy, Good luck!

Benson Gray
09-16-2016, 11:43 AM
The next chore will be to source/make the sailing rig.

See http://www.ebay.com/itm/291873369209 for some parts. I have no connection to the seller and the rudder isn't from a sailing canoe but these may help you get started. The information at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?4107 may also be helpful. Good luck,


09-18-2016, 05:56 AM
Very nice, Andy.

I have a couple of Old Town rigs that I use. If you need photos or dimensions of the parts just shout.


09-19-2016, 07:46 AM
Thank you for the offer, yes I'd like to see a few photos. My one issue is that the forward seat was rebuilt without the partner. The one piece of wood is definitely new, and a previous owner didn't think to remake it as a partner...