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Surfman
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06/14/2018 10:08AM
Hi All,

Just picked up a Blackhawk Zephyr in the Silver layup (fiberglass) with the ICS for $700. I purchased it from a really nice older lady who was the original owner and she kept very good care of it. It was purchased years ago from the old SouthWest Canoe Rendezvous that the Houston Canoe Club use to put on.

As for condition it has a few chips out of the bow which you can see in the pictures and normal scratches. I also believe I put some fine spider cracks in it during transport home from the straps and the wind I hit. I don't over tighten my straps so either the gel coat is just a little soft or maybe they were there before and I just did not notice. Either way I am a bit bummed about that but they are not too bad. It weighs 40lbs exactly on a reliable scale which is slightly lighter than the weights I have seen published for a Silver layup with the ICS.

I paddled it last night for the first time and it is a fun boat to paddle. I need to give it a good washing but I wanted to get some Watco on the gunwales before doing so.

Please ignore the grime in the pictures.

I did have two questions about it.

1. I cannot for the life of me find a serial number on this boat. I looked in all the common places including the right stern which is common for Blackhawk serial number etchings. Anyone have any idea of age or where else the serial number might be? I was thinking maybe it was a paper serial number plate. I know this may be difficult without a serial number.

2. I was looking at pictures of the Ariel and Zephyr. The stern tank on the Ariel is the one where the top of the tank is the deckplate. Every Zephyr I have seen is like mine where the tank is not part of the deckplate. Did the Zephyr ever have that stern tank like the Ariel?

Thanks for Looking!

Surfman
 
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Surfman
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06/14/2018 07:15PM
Somebody informed me that this might be the Gold Layup. Apparently the pinstripe decal on Gold Layups is gold in color and in the Silver Layup it is silver in color. I had no idea.
 
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