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mantaray mantaray Fri 11 Oct 2019 23:40:07 Recently purchased "Manta ray" sail number 1194. The build quality of these boats is really important now that they are quite elderly and is a league apart from other boats of this age. Does anyone know what year is associated with a sail number ?


Mark Mark Sat 12 Oct 2019 12:17:26 Looking through the forums I found the following sail numbers/years listed:

1009 = 1976
1056 = 1977
1058 = 1977
1081 = 1977
1114 = 1977
1126 = 1978
1226 = 1979
1239 = 1983

I believe that the last one built by Blakes was 1240 in 1983. I know that 1239 is 1983 'cos it is mine. I also believe that Blakes had a licence to build 200 boats but I don't know how many they actually built.

I'm not sure how accurate the 1226 sail number/year is because if it is right then they only made about 14 boats in the last 4 years of production, and based on the 1977 numbers, it looks like they built around 40 boats per year, So I suspect that 1226 could/should be 1982/3.
So if the years are right then 1194 would make your manta 1978/79 vintage.
But if the 1226 year is wrong then your Manta could be a couple of years younger.
mhsorens mhsorens Mon 28 Oct 2019 17:52:29 Nice stats! The first batch of Manta 19's were launched in 1973 according to the Schoechl/Sunbeam site []. My boat and sail number is #205/1973, which would indicate that, on average, 200-250 Manta 19's were built per year from 1973 to 1976. That is pretty impressive.

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