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How to Identify Your Boat

How to Identify Your Boat: Examples of HINs or serial numbers on NRS inflatables.Since 1972, all boats, including inflatables like rafts, IKs and SUP boards, manufactured in, or imported into, the US have been required to have a Hull Identification Number (HIN). This is often referred to as the “boat serial number” or “boat ID number”. The number is usually found in the stern and can be engraved on a plate or stamped into the boat material.

This website gives an excellent explanation of what those letters and numbers mean. (Note: two different systems have been used, one prior to August I, 1984 and one after that date.)

The first three letters of the HIN are the Manufacturer’s Identification Code (MIC). Entering that three letter MIC into this U.S. Coast Guard database will get you the manufacturer of the boat and their location.

When you have identified the manufacturer of your boat, look in the Inflatable Boat Reference Chart on our website for the boat’s material, adhesive needed for repairs and type of valves.

If you have questions, give Customer Service a shout.