What Can You Find Out About a Boat From It's Hull ID Number?

A Hull Identification Number, or HIN, is a 12- to 14-digit number that reveals the manufacturer's identification code, the hull serial number, the boat's date of manufacture and the model year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Any boat imported or manufactured after Nov. 1, 1972 is required by federal law to have a HIN.

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