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PostPosted: August 27th, 2020, 10:07 pm 
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Hi

I just bought a light weight kevlar canoe (42-43 pounds) . I was able to get serial number off it by putting a piece of blank paper over the area it and using a pencil to trace the area, to get an imprint. . The Serial number of this canoe is ZYR 0910 - 77. Any one know who the manufacturer could be? Any early Souris River? What are the first three letters of Hull ID's that Souris River uses? I will post a photo in a few days as soon as I am able.

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PostPosted: August 28th, 2020, 12:17 am 
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https://boatdb.net/manufacturer/york-ri ... td-ZYR.htm

Active 1975 - 2004 in Peterborough

Corporate name was York River Industries, seems they made power boats so who knows if they actually made your boat or if they outsourced to someone else (perhaps Mid-Canada/Scott?).

I found only one mention online........(paddling.net / March 2008)

York River is, or was?, one of the low end Canadian manufacturers. Their layups were mostly chopper gun or woven roving. The trim was crude aluminum and plastic. The seats looked like they came from a lawn chair. Can’t remember much about the hull shape, just generic, 16’ x 36", flat bottomed with molded keel.

I looked back thru Canoe buyers guides as far as 1988 and found no listing for York River. I don’t think they ever established an American dealer network and the canoe is rare only because they weren’t sold here. Someone may have bought it cheap in Canada and brought it home. Only ones i have seen were in Canada. Of the low end Canadian companies, Watson made the better hulls, and Scott became the largest.

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PostPosted: August 28th, 2020, 11:25 am 
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Thank you for the information. Since my canoe is clearly made of kevlar (kevlar \ fiberglass ) , I wonder if York Industries outsourced the making of the canoe I have to another manufacturer. I will post a pic of my canoe in a few days.


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