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According to the USCG Documentation lookup site:

Vessel Name: SHAMBHALA USCG Doc. No.: 657311
Vessel Service: RECREATIONAL IMO Number: *
Trade Indicator: Recreational Call Sign: *
Hull Material: FRP (FIBERGLASS) Hull Number: BVA432290882
Ship Builder: * Year Built: 1982

Length (ft.): 42.5
Hailing Port: WICKFORD RI Hull Depth (ft.): 5.5
Owner: Hull Breadth (ft.): 12.2
Gross Tonnage: 14
Net Tonnage: 12
Documentation Issuance Date: November 03, 2003 Documentation Expiration Date: November 30, 2004
Previous Vessel Names: RUNNING ON EMPTY
Previous Vessel Owners: GARY E MILLER

The HIN BVA432290882, indicates that it was produced by Barre Boats, but this is probably in error... it is probably foreign built and using a MIC code issued by someone other than the USCG. I doubt it was built by Barre Boats, since the description of the company says that it wasn't founded until 1985, and that it produced mainly small work boats.

BTW, interpreting the HIN, see here.

More on HIN's here. Given the BVA MIC code, I'm guessing the boat was actually built in the Far East or Europe and then imported into the United States.


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