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The Hull Identification Number (HIN) is a unique 12-digit number assigned by the manufacturer to boats built after 1972.

Hull Identification Numbers:

  • Distinguish one boat from another—the same as serial numbers distinguish one car from another.
  • Are engraved into the fiberglass or on a metal plate permanently attached, usually to the transom.

You should write down your HIN and put it in a place separate from your boat in case warranty problems arise or your boat is stolen.

Hull identification number