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How old is my canoe?

I've googled and found nothing, but I find that hard to believe - yeah, there's a pun in there somewhere.

I just bought an old Grumman 17' canoe and it came with no title or paperwork. From what I have found so far, it's from 76 to 82 timeframe (based on when Grumman added float chambers and the earliest sticker on the boat).

I would think someone would have a site with hull numbers, deciphering what they mean and years for the serial number portion of it. Bit google has failed me if such a site exists - they are there for my old camper and lots of other things.

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  • Call Marathon Canoes.
    They should be able to help.

    What is the HIN (s/n)?

  • Does it have a serial number ?
    the last two numbers in it are supposed to be the year it was made.

    Cheers,
    JackL
  • Or, to expand on Yanoer's post,
    Google "hull identifacation numbers" and see what comes up.
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    Do I have this right?
    hull ID is
    GBMA1001M81D-7A
    http://boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/hin.html is helpful, but my darned HID don't fit their scheme..

    GBM is Grumman.

    A1001 is the serial number?

    M81D would be M8 (cert year, but there is no M month)

    1D would be year....November 81?

    What's the -7A?
  • Dunno. Mfrs. spec. code?
    Otherwise, sounds right.
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    Old Grummans
    I too have an old Grumman - mine is an ABS (circa early 80's). I have contacted Marathon Boats, but they don't seem to have any records from before OMC bought the company in 1990. When I emailed them they told me they don't have any information about old serial numbers, or any other information.

    So if anyone out there has any information, I too would appreciate it.

    Ed
  • USCG HIN
    The current USCG "rules" for Hull Identification Numbers are: First three letters are Manufacturer Identification Code, MIC, ie GBM for Grumman. Fourth letter is for model, ie model A. fifth letter is for mold number, ie mold 1. Items 6-8 denote serial number, Item 9 the month of manufacture in latters, A=Jan, etc, and ther final three denote model year and year of manufacture. Additional items after the first 12 often denote a manufacturer's internal trim code.

    That obviously was not the required code in 81, when I suspect your hull was made. Grumman was producing ~20K hulls a year back then.


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