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Chapter 3 - The Boat

Hull Identification Number

Boats built since 1972 are required to have a Hull Identification Number (HIN) permanently attached to the transom on the starboard side above the waterline. This number is a serial number exclusive to your boat and is necessary to title and register it. You should record this number in a safe place. In case of theft it may help identify your boat.

In 1984 a new regulation was passed which requires the HIN number to also be permanently attached in a second unexposed location.

A small plate on the right upper side of the transom.

How to interpret a HIN number.


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