Choose Adventure. Trust Tradition.

Tradition and technology have had a long and comfortable marriage at Old Town. In 1874 we built our first wood-and-canvas canoe, a more durable, lower maintenance improvement on the Native American birch bark canoe that was its inspiration. We did the same thing with the kayak in 1940, rendering the traditional seal-skin design in more durable wood-and-canvas.

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.

VARIETY OF MANUFACTURING AND MATERIALS DESIGNED FOR CUSTOM PERFORMANCE.

Each of our boats are designed with the paddler, their environment and function in mind. We have a strong history being first to market with new materials and processes. Regardless of the materials and hull design, know that every Old Town Canoe or Kayak is still hand crafted and finished.

We are proud of this heritage and how it defines us.

THERMOFORMED POLYETHYLENE
  • DURABILITY 80%
  • ABRASION RESISTANCE 80%
  • WEIGHT 80%
  • STIFFNESS 40%
  • COST 30%
Thermoforming uses a single plastic sheet of high density polyethylene that literally forms a canoe right over a mold.
The thermoformed plastic material is durable and provides better abrasion and impact resistance than more expensive fiberglass hulls. Compared to aluminum the plastic hull is less prone to denting and quieter during on water activity. Read More
SINGLE LAYER POLYETHYLNE
  • DURABILITY 80%
  • ABRASION RESISTANCE 100%
  • WEIGHT 80%
  • STIFFNESS 80%
  • COST 40%
Single layer is just that, one precisely molded layer of high performance plastic material – we named it LT9000.
It’s a proprietary blend of polyethylene that doesn’t sacrifice weight for durability or stiffness. LT9000 delivers a great ride along with a super feel for the water under you. Read More
THREE LAYER POLYETHYLENE
  • DURABILITY 100%
  • ABRASION RESISTANCE 100%
  • WEIGHT 80%
  • STIFFNESS 100%
  • COST 30%
This technology allows us to produce a stiffer craft versus a traditional singlelayered kayak and omits the need for added foam billets.
A foam core is sandwiched in the middle of two layers of polyethylene providing built-in flotation and insulation from cold and noise. Read More