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Lately I have been interested in a few AL builders from the 50's -60's & reading their engraved build codes.. Sort of similar pattern & a few mid model changes.. Left to Right is usually the MODEL ,,Size or Month ,,,, three digit Production # ,,,,,,, YEAR ( one to three digits..)
McKenzie- CHEROKEE had M .5 (for 15 ft) ,401 ,,, 9 ( for 59) . . Another boat was M. 45 (for 14 1/2 ft ) 405 .8 (for 58 ?) .Inside transom metal engraved tags...
FEATHERCRAFT . Model letters,,, MONTH,, volume # ,, Year .. same format... V (is VagaBond model known as 15 ft ) ..3 ( for March) ,, 096 ,, - 54 . EASY . VERY small #'s on Outside right upper trans.
.... Another rig was VII - 6 - 156 - 578 . OK 6 is June build in 57 ..AS . A.. 58 Model..
1960's Change to LETTERS for Year..& extra suffix letters for COLOR , & Hull features... Assume a system where " A "=0 .Zero , then 1960 is stamped as G.A. ..A few ski boats found had.. SK ( for Ski Boat) , MOnth , three digit vol, G.C. (= 1962) ....... W = White ,,,,,,, L = LAPSTRAKE hull pattern.. . Sort of gettin fun now..
Trailers , can be much harder, as Decal even put on your the brand names... saw yesterday GATOR will stamp the metal with YEAR & Model # .. This is good clue info..
... SELLERS.I put ads into LOW,, MED , or HIGH % of actually being For Sale.. A new restoration on a 13 ft boat for $6,000 is really braggin , hoping a Big Fish will swim by ,But not actually ready to part with hardware.
Med , or 50-50% , is people on fence, or wanting a fair offer,, like , "Had boat 2 years, got the paint to do the deck , & only need plywood for seat bottoms, re-hang the motor., etc...This seller is not quite " EMOTIONALLY OVER" this rig yet..
HIGH % or ready to SCORE deal is Estate story , or 50 yr family , leaves & water sittin in rig..These sellers are EMOTIONALLY .. OVER the project & $200 - $300 is about your target haul away offer.