HIN's weren't required til November 1, 1972.
Yes, but some manufacturers had a hull number of their own on much before they were required. Some also had a builder's plate on the interior of the boat.
BTW, HIN's are legally required to be mounted in two locations, one is the starboard transom, and the other is generally somewhat more difficult to find, much like the secondary and tertiary VIN's on automobiles, to make them a bit harder to alter when the boat is stolen.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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