About the Study Guide

This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Craft Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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The Hull Serial Number (HIN) is a unique, 12-digit number assigned to a pleasure craft that is constructed, manufactured, rebuilt, or imported to be sold or operated in Canada. The requirements for the HIN are included in the Small Vessel Regulations.

The HIN must be located:

  • Where it is clearly visible when the boat is in the water and…
  • On the outside starboard (right) side of the transom. If the boat does not have a transom, the HIN must be displayed on the right side at the rear of the hull.
Hull Identification Number

The HIN may include a two-character country code. For example, if the country code for the above example is CA, the HIN would be CA-ABC67689B606.

The HIN also must be marked in a second location on the hull where it is:

  • Beneath a fitting or item of hardware or…
  • On the interior of the boat and unexposed.

It is illegal to alter, deface, or remove an HIN.