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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Jake Ward, Jun 11, 2020.
Any chance there is records for Em White as well?
There are no known serial number records for White boats and this number appears to be from before the Federal hull identification numbers were required. However, Whites made from the late 1940s to the early 1960s were often marked with numbers where the first two digits are a two digit year when it was made followed by a serial number and the last two are the length in feet. Does yours look like it could be a boat that was made in 1963 with serial number 9417 that is 20 feet long? A picture may help.
Sounds right - Owner is selling as a 1962 20' White Lapstrake. Thanks you for this insight. Are you aware of a group that is more specific to the lapstrake boats? I have a 1957 Old Town Ocean 18 and a 1952 Old Town 15". There seem to be plenty of discussion groups on Thompsons and Lymans. I am looking for original hardware for windows and hatches which seem to have been replaced (i.e. they don't match each other) - thanks if you have any guidance or thoughts. As for canoes, will be picking up a vintage sponson canoe this weekend so will continue to support this forum!
I don't know of any group that is more specific to White, Old Town, or other lapstrake boats. This forum and the Wooden Boat forum at http://forum.woodenboat.com/ are probably your best options. There is also a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/233791460351519/ but the traffic there is low. The original hardware for windows and hatches would have been ordered from common marine distributors like Wilcox and Crittenden, Armstrong and Galbraith, and others. They changed suppliers frequently so yours may have been mismatched originally. Your best bet for replacements may be eBay, Craigslist, or boat salvage operations like https://www.marinesalvagemaine.com/ and more. Good luck,
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