Boats use a set of identification characters called a HIN (Hull Identification Number). Most other vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, trailers, etc. use an identification system called VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) . You will find the HIN located on the Starboard Aft of the boat. Meaning the Right side of the transom (Rear) of the boat.
Does a boat trailer have a vin number?
A vehicle identification number (VIN) has 17 characters and is unique to a particular vehicle. Cars have them, as do boats and motorcycles. Boat trailers also have VINs so they can be tracked .
This begs the question “Do new boat trailers have a VIN number?”
I discovered New boat trailers should have a visible VIN from the original manufacturer . According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, if the VIN is missing or cannot be verified from the boat trailer, the owner should bring the trailer to a DMV safety inspection location for inspection and for possible reassigning of VIN.
This begs the question “Where is the VIN number on a boat trailer?”
The vehicle identification number of a boat trailer is often located on two sticker-type plates : one is on the side trailer frame behind the tongue while the other is on the right taillight just outside of the side frame. The VIN can also be located in the rear bumper.
Another popular question is “How do I find a boat’s Vin or hin?”.
If you’re trying to obtain a boat’s VIN, or hull identification number – HIN as they are referred to in the boating industry, you can use Boat History Report ( Boat. History. Report. com) to run the state registration number or US Coast Guard Documentation number.
What is a trailer Vin and what does it mean?
Just like a vehicle VIN number, a trailer VIN is a unique identifier of the trailer. The NHTSA requires all trailers destined for traveling on the road to be assigned a 17-digit VIN.
What is a hull number on a boat?
A hull number, or hull identification number (HIN) is the serial identification number for a ship, yacht or a boat. The HIN is a 12 or 14 alphanumeric serial number that uniquely identifies a boat. It is basically the same as a VIN for a car.
Is a Hin number the same as a VIN?
It is basically the same as a VIN for a car. All boats manufactured or imported on or after November 1, 1972 is required to have a HIN and this number must be identified during boat / vessel registration.
Yet another query we ran across in our research was “What does Vin stand for?”.
By Neal Litherland. A vehicle identification number (VIN) has 17 characters and is unique to a particular vehicle. Cars have them, as do boats and motorcycles. Boat trailers also have VINs so they can be tracked. Identifying a VIN is done during an inspection, so it’s important that you know where the VIN is located on your boat trailer.