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  • How old is my boat?

    I bought this Caravelle 17 footer in 1977 from a co-worker who had money problems. He claimed it was a 1970 and that the 115 HP Mercury OB was a 1973. I have since learned that according to the serial number the outboard is a 1970 that someone took great pains to disguise as a newer model (blue trim,etc.) Or maybe not. I don't really care. It's either 40 years old or close to it and still runs well. But I would really like to pin down the age of the boat. The hull ID is on an aluminum tag at the helm station and reads "Caravelle, Jacksonville Arkansas, Model CX173, Serial NO. A27023. Thanks for any help.

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    Re: How old is my boat?

    Contact the Registering Authority in your state. Give them the Registrations numbers on the bow of the boat. That will bring up the boat in there system, and tell you what year the boat is.
    too much water, too little time

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      Re: How old is my boat?

      Seems like the only information they'd have is what I gave them when I moved here and registered the boat. And that's the 1970 date that I'm now questioning.

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        Re: How old is my boat?

        Was the boat purchased in another state?
        Was the same information (that you have now) listed on the title?
        Is there a title?
        too much water, too little time

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