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Penn Yan "Hunter"

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by obispo, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. obispo

    obispo New Member

    I have a Penn Yan "Hunter", serial number CL 201. I would like to find out when it was built. I believe it was sometime in the 1930's, but would like to know exactly when.
  2. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Sorry to report that knowing exactly when your Penn Yan was built won't be possible unless a previous owner helps you with that. There are no existing records for Penn Yan's boats, which would allow us to connect your serial number to a build record. The serial number tells us the canoe is a Hunter model, which you already know. But, it may be possible to narrow things down by looking at the canoe.

    Penn Yan built the Hunter model from 1933-1960. Apparently, in the second-half of any given decade, the first two digits of a Penn Yan serial number indicate the year it was built. This doesn't work for your canoe, so we can assume it was built the first half of whatever decade... which would be early '30s, early '40s, or early '50s.

    If the canoe has war-era seats (plywood inset into the place where cane should be) or other aspects of construction indicating it was built when canoe builders couldn't get copper, brass, or cane, then it could be an early-to-mid '40s canoe.

    I'm using information at as a reference, if you want to check that out (scroll to "Penn Yan" on the left).

    If you post pictures, maybe someone else here has a thought. With most canoes by the old companies, there is no way to date them precisely... we have to go by clues based on the canoe itself-- sometimes a decal-type or change in construction or another detail. Someone else here may have a canoe similar to yours, but with paperwork or verbal history.

  3. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?


    does it look like this?

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  4. Howie

    Howie Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Hi... I too just picked up a Penn Yan Hunter, # CL-858. Did you ever properly date yours? I've been curious as to how to date mine as well.
  5. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams all wood nut

    I also have one. CL 33. It will be a nifty boat!
  6. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

    hey Canoe Nut
    Not sure if I understand Penn Yan's numbering system but I have hull number CL-859. It is either the year after yours or the next boat built. I also have a PY guide boat and it is a thing of beauty on the water.
    Fenton, Michigan
  7. Rick Taggart

    Rick Taggart New Member

    I too have a Penn Yan Hunter Canoe that I have had since childhood. My serial number is CL 855 and I too would like to know when it was built. My dad bought it for he and I ( in the very early 60"s or late 50"s)and he has long since passed away so I do not have his purchase records. I know he bought it new when we lived in Geneva, New York. I would like to know more about how to interpret the serial number. The canoe is in great shape, I am very careful with it because of the memories of paddling the Fulton Chain many times with my dad as a boy. I have paddled a Mad River Special Edition Explorer for years because I do not want our grand kids to damage the Hunter.
  8. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    My Hunter was donated to seven POnds Nature center where it is part of their fleet of canoes.
  9. Joshua Gillespie

    Joshua Gillespie New Member

    I am looking for a Penn Yan Hunter canoe for my family. If anyone is aware of one for sale please let me know. Very appreciated!

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