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Old 04-10-2012, 08:21 AM   #1
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Default Advice on older North River Boats

I am looking to buy a 92 North River -21 ft. It is very similar looking to the commander or trapper NR boats.

The hour meter indicates less than 300 hours on the original engine which appears to be a 350 Kodiak.

I assume these early 90's boats have kodiak or hamilton pumps with the 350 chevy?

Does anyone have any info or items of concern / negatives to watch for on these early NR boats?

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Old 04-10-2012, 08:48 AM   #2
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There is nothing wrong with older NR built the same way for years. All though older one's meaning pre Brian Brush might have a little more hand crafted love.

The model you are looking at is probaly a Seahawk (not like todays seahawk) or Ranger, The older boats typically had a 66" wide bottom but some had a 72"

As far as engine and jets typically they are going to be 350 Carb engines and some Ram Jet EFI 350's. You might even find some Redline Ford engines. Jets will be kodiak 3 stage, a good jet can be a little loud, but performs great. Later models typically in the 2000's would have a hamilton 212.

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Thanks for the information, very helpful! I assume getting ahold of parts for the older boats is not an issue?
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I owned a 91 North River 19 foot. Carbed 310 H.P. 350 I believe. 66" bottom and 3 stage Kodiak pump....Ran it for 10 years with just the normal maintenance although I did suck up some mono in the pump which cut a seal and that wasnt a cheap fix. I want to say something about the way the Kodiak was built the engine had to come out of the boat to replace the seal but I could be partially wrong on that. Kodiak pump was about bulletproof. The welds on that boat were beautiful and all in all a very good sound boat.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:45 AM   #5
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I own a 94 Ranger and love it. Very well built and that old dog still hunts really well. Most likely a Kodiak in yours. Good pumps and parts are not a problem. They got things right on these boats a long time ago and so very little has changed!
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I owned a 94 Ranger with a Chevy 350 HO and a 3 stage Kodiak pump.

The welds were beautiful and the motor and pump were bullet proof.

I owned it from 98-07 and sold it for what I bought it for.

The older NR boats are probably build better than the new ones.

I would do a river check and if it passed I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger.

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I owned a 92 Ranger, which later got split into the Trapper/Commander line. It was a sweet boat. 1/4" bottom, 350 sbc, and a kodiak 3 stage. I would buy one again in a heart beat.
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My NR is from the Class of 1989. Back then the boats were built by Mike Lorenzen and I think 3 helpers, one boat at a time, maybe 40-50 per year. Beautiful welds and craftsmanship, and very durable.

Mine's an 18' vee outboard jet (200), but inboard jet parts are available since Hamilton, Kodiak and Chevrolet are still in biz.

Hull repairs can be done by a number of craftsmen, RB Boats and Motion Marine come to mind.

Pre 1997 North River Boats are classics!
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:37 PM   #10
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Thanks for the input..I will give it a run and see if it still "has it" and if so...
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My uncle has a early 90s north river with a 350 inboard. Its 21x72 with a 1/4 inch bottom and it is stout to say the least.
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:43 PM   #12
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I owned a 92 Ranger, which later got split into the Trapper/Commander line. It was a sweet boat. 1/4" bottom, 350 sbc, and a kodiak 3 stage. I would buy one again in a heart beat.
after visual inspection...it is the same boat as described above....engine checks were given green light...so all I need to do is test drive and rally it home!
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after visual inspection...it is the same boat as described above....engine checks were given green light...so all I need to do is test drive and rally it home!
Anyone know what the five gold stars on the side of the boat I front of the North river logo mean? They are factory painted, but maybe the owner was just saying 5-star?
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