Hull Numbers

Hull Numbers

Joined: February 2nd, 2011, 11:27 pm

March 20th, 2011, 3:13 am #1

I have the hull # fsa 313042t on my boat.... What can you tell me about that. I know there's a way to decode it, but I don't know how.
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Gary
Gary

March 20th, 2011, 12:39 pm #2

According to the book, Chris Craft The Essential Guide:

First letter: Division (Commander)

Second & third letter: ? (I think something to do with model, i.e. Sports Express)

Fourth letter (some models): ? (I think something to do with type of drive unit (i.e. V drive or
transdrive units)

Next 2 digits: length (31)

Next digit: year (1969)

Last 3 digits: number of hulls built that year (42 out of 100)

Gary
1969 19' Super Sport

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Joined: May 5th, 2010, 4:31 am

March 22nd, 2011, 4:59 am #3

I have the hull # fsa 313042t on my boat.... What can you tell me about that. I know there's a way to decode it, but I don't know how.
The hull number code description that Gary gave is accurate but I think there is one correction. The first year of production of the Sports Express (i.e. the FSA model) was 1967 and this is the "0" year. I have a 1967 Sports Express with the hull number FSA31-0031. So I think your boat with the hull number FSA 31-3042 would actually be a 1970 (3rd year) production model.
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Gary
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March 22nd, 2011, 10:39 am #4

Keith,

I revievied the CC Essential Guide again and althougth the 6 digit does represent the year of production, with the exception of the first year of production which uses an 8 digit hull number vs. a 9 digit number. Therefore, the number 3 in the 6th digit indicates that the year of production was 1969.

Gary
69 19' SS

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Joined: February 2nd, 2011, 11:27 pm

March 22nd, 2011, 11:28 am #5

Is there a way to figure out what power plant it had from the factory?
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Joined: October 17th, 2008, 6:09 am

March 22nd, 2011, 12:30 pm #6

Send $35 buckaroos to this organization and they'll send you information about your boat model along with a copy of the Hull Card.

http://www.marinersmuseum.org/library/chris-craft

Thanks!

Kevin Bray
'06 CC Launch 22
FXA-31-4049
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Dave Krugler
Dave Krugler

March 22nd, 2011, 1:41 pm #7

Hi Will; I went the Mariner's Museum route with my 1966 20ft fiberglass Sea Skiff. I'm attaching my hull card so you get the idea of what they will send you if you send in your serial number and $35. For a few bucks more they will have parts and accessories lists, photos, trim drawings, engine & parts manuals, wiring diagrams and operator's manuals. I wound up spending a couple hundred with them but it sure is nice to look in the engine manual and see part numbers for things like the Sherwood pumps, carburetors, distributors and the like so I don't have to guess whether a part I am looking at is correct or not. Just the hull card will have a wealth of information on it including original engine serial number, factory options installed, when it was completed and signed off and where it went from the factory.

Dave

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Paul
Paul

March 22nd, 2011, 2:37 pm #8

Hi guys,

The way I read the EG data is

FSA-31-001 to FSA-31-060 was 1967
FSA-31-2001 to FSA-31-2075 was 1968
FSA-31-3001 to FSA-31-3100 was 1969

Therefore 3042 was within the 1969 model year, being number 42 of a hundred they built that model year.



Paul

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March 22nd, 2011, 2:41 pm #9

Since it is a 1969 and we have records of 427 motors in 1974 boats due to existing stock at CC being depleted over time, after the 427 actually went out of production, this boat could have been delivered with 427 power, or 327F, somewhat more likely 327Q or 350Q if it was a 1969 small block equipped boat. The MM would be able to tell for sure.

Paul
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Joined: February 2nd, 2011, 11:27 pm

March 24th, 2011, 2:54 am #10

The old engine mounts were farther forward than where the 350's sit now
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