Serial number

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Robert Michalec, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. Robert Michalec

    Robert Michalec New Member

    Trying to get info on a number that is hard to read, and I think it is VCS 00001 K75K. It is stamped or etched into ge edge of the front deck.

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  2. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Robert,
    The serial number that you have posted seems very odd compared to most of the canoes that serial numbers.
    It would be helpful if you could post photos of the canoe in general, as well as key identification points such as the decks, stem profile, seats and thwarts. A photo of the serial number would help as well.
    Dave
     
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Your number may be a hull identification number but the location is odd since these are usually on the starboard stern. The information at http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/hin.htm describes how to interpret these numbers. The format of your number is similar to the one that would have been used on a boat in 1975. The VCS prefix is described at http://uscgboating.org/content/manufacturers-identification-detail.php?id=29330 as last being used by Ching Studios. They didn't build canoes and were only operating from 2001 to 2003. It is not clear who may have been using this prefix previously. Canadian boats have a similar system as described at https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-construction-manufacturer-menu-1690.htm so you might also have one from there. Some pictures may help as Dave suggested.

    Benson
     
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    Robert Michalec

    Robert Michalec New Member

    Thanks! What I’m not sure of is if the first three characters are “VCS”.
     

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  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Can you provide some pictures of the numbers? Thanks,

    Benson
     
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    Robert Michalec

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  7. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    My first guess was MCS which is used by Monster Custom Boats as described at http://uscgboating.org/content/manufacturers-identification-detail.php?id=23884 and https://www.facebook.com/monstercustomboats/ but this didn't seem like a good match. Then it occurred to me that the first letter may have been rotated 90 degrees so the actual code is ZCS. This was used by "Les Canots St-Laurent Enr" from Canada as described at http://uscgboating.org/content/manufacturers-identification-detail.php?id=31657 which seems more likely since they were in business in 1975. It appears that they went out of business in 2007 and no other information is available. Let us know if you are able to confirm this guess or find out anything else. Thanks,

    Benson
     
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    Robert Michalec

    Robert Michalec New Member

    Well, I ndver thought of that! Thanks. I’ll dig around and see if I can find something.
     

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