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Where are some common places to locate a boat's serial number?

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A boat's Hull Identification Number is found in the upper right corner of the transom, or stern. If a boat does not have a transom, or placement of the HIN on the transom is impractical, the HIN is located on the starboard outboard side of the hull.

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Where are some common places to locate a boat's serial number?
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The U.S Coast Guard requires all boats manufactured after 1972 to have a HIN. Boats manufactured before 1973 may not have a HIN. Boats imported or manufactured after August 1, 1984, also have a secondary Hull Identification Number located in an unexposed area of the boat, such as beneath an item of hardware or a fitting. The secondary HIN assists authorities with identification of the boat if it is stolen, or if the primary HIN is damaged or removed.

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