Re: Hull ID number

From: Phil Budne <phil>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 13:27:38 -0400 (EDT)

Mike Sweeney <mike.s.sweeney@...> wrote:
> I found that, but is there a specific hull number in addition to the serial
> number?

All the OMC boats predate HINs. See

                           Play the Numbers Game
                              (What's a HIN?)

     Did you ever wonder what that strange series of letters and numbers
     on the transom of your boat are. Well, if you have taken the
     Nautical Know How course you know they are Hull Identification
     Numbers (HIN) and that they are required. But, what do they mean?

     All boats manufactured or imported on or after November 1, 1972
     must bear a HIN. The HIN is a 12 character serial number that
     uniquely identifies your boat. The HIN has an important safety
     purpose. It enables manufacturers to clearly identify for boat
     owners the boats that are involved in a defect notification and
     recall campaign. A HIN is not the same as a State registration
     number, which may be required to be displayed on the bow of your
     boat. The HIN is a Federal requirement; your boat's registration
     number is a State requirement similar to the license plate on your
     car. The HIN, however, is required to be shown on the State
     certificate of registration.


The page also talks about HIN location(s), and shows how to decode pre
and post 1984 HIN formats, and HINs for homebuilt boats!
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