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Old 25-02-2014, 19:15   #1
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Yanmar 3JH2E manufacture date?

I'm buying a sailboat in Canada to bring back to the US. The customs broker says I need to file an EPA form, which needs an engine build date on the form.

I've emailed the serial number and model to the biggest Yanmar dealer around, they can't help, except that it was made between 1992 and 1999... referred me to their distributor. Distributor can't help, says they're waiting for an answer from Yanmar.

I've emailed the Yanmar contact addresses, no luck so far.

Can anyone determine a build date from a model and serial number? Any ideas on where I can get that information. Seems like it should be a pretty simple code, but impossible to decipher for most of us.
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Old 26-02-2014, 06:41   #2
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Re: Yanmar 3JH2E manufacture date?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, bc376.

ď... Currently, Yanmar dealers do not have the means to easily cross reference to build date, date of commission, warranty status etc.. ď
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Old 26-02-2014, 07:08   #3
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I always talk to Mack Boring in New Jersey. They never fail to be a help! (908) 964-0700. Hope they can help you.
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Old 26-02-2014, 11:02   #4
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Re: Yanmar 3JH2E manufacture date?

Thanks for the replies!

Mack Boring was very polite, but stated they only have records of engines they sell... "this engine was most likely not sold by Mack Boring & Parts since Hunter Boats are built in FL."

They indicated it was most likely supplied by
Mastry Engine Center in FL.

Mastry Engine Center wrote...
"Unfortunately that model engine was being sold before we implemented our computers for tracking serial #ís".

So far emails to Yanmar remain unanswered.

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Old 26-02-2014, 13:53   #5
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If the boat is between 1992 and 1999 I'd just pick the year of the boat. Rather than
How much trouble can you get into?
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Old 26-02-2014, 15:11   #6
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It seems to me that if nobody has a precise listing, you can safely pick a date within the range supplied by Yanmar and nobody will be able to contradict you!

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Old 27-02-2014, 08:14   #7
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Re: Yanmar 3JH2E manufacture date?

It may be that simple... but US customs requires an EPA form and I must indicate the build date or give a reason why I don't know the build date. For engines between 19 and 37 kw it must be made before Jan 1st 1999, or an EPA certificate is also required.

Since the boat is a 1998 model it seems reasonable (to me) to assume the engine is also a 1998. In that case it would be grandfathered as far as EPA certification is concerned. No problem... provided they don't ask for proof that the engine hasn't been replaced.

Anyway, I thought it should be easy to get a build date, just to be sure.
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It may be that simple... but US customs requires an EPA form and I must indicate the build date or give a reason why I don't know the build date. For engines between 19 and 37 kw it must be made before Jan 1st 1999, or an EPA certificate is also required.

Since the boat is a 1998 model it seems reasonable (to me) to assume the engine is also a 1998. In that case it would be grandfathered as far as EPA certification is concerned. No problem... provided they don't ask for proof that the engine hasn't been replaced.

Anyway, I thought it should be easy to get a build date, just to be sure.
Sounds like you have the perfect solution "grammpy"
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It's a little early for Mai Tai's in this time zone... maybe later.
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It's a little early for Mai Tai's in this time zone... maybe later.
Then you'll have time to go shopping for supplies!!!

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Old 28-02-2014, 07:14   #11
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To close this out, just in case anyone runs into a similar situation...

YANMAR AMERICA Corp.,
Adairsville, GA, did get back to me with a build date. The information came from Japan, which they forwarded to me today. So thanks to them for great service !!!





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