Tradition and technology have had a long and comfortable marriage at Old Town. In 1898 they built their first wood-and-canvas canoe, a more durable, lower maintenance improvement on the Native American birch bark canoe that was its inspiration. They did the same thing with the kayak in 1940, rendering the traditional seal-skin design in more durable wood-and-canvas.
The same spirit of innovation led them to introduce lightweight fiberglass versions of their kayaks and canoes in the 1950s and ’60s. And it has continued into the 21st century, as they continually strive to advance the art of paddling through better designs an d lighter, more durable materials, like today’s three layer polyethylene and three layer Superlinear.
As much as we look ahead, though, we always keep one eye on the past, continuing to be inspired by the best of classic boat-building traditions.