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Re: Hull Identification Number
Our powerboat has a stamped, aluminum HIN plate riveted to the Fiberglas hull. Our motorized dinghies have similar plates attached on the inside of their transoms. Our Dyer Dhow is pre-1972, but had a plastic builder's numbered plaque, also inside the transom. We used the old plaque, which had cracked, as a pattern for a bronze replica.
Our sailboat, however, did not have a HIN anywhere when we bought it, so I contacted the builder to obtain a HIN. This was pretty straightforward, since our boat was the last of 7 built and was sold by the original owner. The boat is documented, in any case, so there is not much in doubt about identity.