CHAPTER 1: The Boat
HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (HIN)
Since 1972, all boats manufactured in or imported to the United States have been permanently marked with a Hull Identification Number or HIN. Like a Vehicle Identification Number given to automobiles, the HIN is used to identify each boat.
HIN’s are located at the stern of the boat, usually on the starboard side of the transom, or as close to that area as possible. It’s used to register your boat and to track your boat’s history.
The twelve-character HIN is made up of three letters, which indicate:
Five-character serial number
Month and year of production
Year of production
It is important that you never deface, remove or otherwise alter your boat’s HIN.