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How to Decode Boat HIN (Hull Identification Numbers)




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<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>On the San Juan 23 the HIN is\\(Hull Identification 
Number) is found on a plaque on the right starboard side of the transom. I have 
received different information about whether sails on some&nbsp;SJ 23's were 
issued without numbers, but the number can be ascertained from the HIN. This 
same number is on the Registration Certificate or Title issued in most 
states.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2><U>Here is the breakdown of a hull identification 
for boats built after August 1, 1984:</U></FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>MMMhhhhhddyy</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>MMM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; =&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
Manufacturer's ID code</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>hhhhh&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; =&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; hull 
serial number</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial 
size=2>dd&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
date of certification. For example "A4". The "A" stands for January. "B" would 
stand for February, etc.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The "4" standfs for the 
last digit of the year of manufacture.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>yy&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
=&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; model year</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>This information came out of the U.S. Coast Guard 
Auxiliary's Boating Skills and Seamanship text, 11th Edition, pages 2-2 and 
2-3.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>*******************************</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>A typical Clark Boat Company HIN cited to me as an 
example by someone&nbsp;seems to be a modification of this and 
reads:</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>CLKJO299M79A&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
</STRONG></FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>CLK would stands for Clark Boat Company, the 
manufacturer.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>JO299 would identify the hull series as JO and the 
sail number as 299</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>From here on I have to speculate. I assume the M79A 
in Clark's case means&nbsp; it was model year 1979 which was certified in 
January. If my supposition is incorrect on this I would appreciate a correction 
from any San Juan owners who know.
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>&nbsp;</FONT></FONT></DIV></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>So if you had this HIN on your boat, I would list 
your sail/hull number as 299.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>The following are HIN given me upon registration as 
San Juan 23 Skippers. The year may be an assumption either the skipper or I made 
based on our understanding of the&nbsp; above. </FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <U>Assumed Year and Sail/Hull 
#</U></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>William Best:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
1977&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;HIN:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
CLKJO223M78E&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 223&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1978</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Rick 
Linstad:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;HIN&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp; 
CLKRO506M80H&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;509&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1980</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Paul 
McLemoore:&nbsp;&nbsp;1984&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HIN:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
CLKJO656M84G&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;656&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1984</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Martin 
Murphy&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1977&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
HIN:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; CLK10009M77F&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
009&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
1977</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Ted 
Siegel&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1977&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
HIN:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; CLKJ0044M77H&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
044&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
1977</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Frank 
Toms&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;1978&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
HIN:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
CLKJ0193M78<U><STRONG>8</STRONG></U>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;193&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1978 (last digit 
of # seems 
questionable-&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;should 
be a letter, not a number, if my logic is 
correct)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</FONT><FONT 
face=Arial size=2></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>The only thing we are concerned about in this 
exercise is determining the Sail/Hull number of the boat and it seems rather 
certain it is the three digits I have indicated.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>I will appreciate any clarification on this members 
can furnish.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Chuck Vande Wetering<BR>PO Box 2205<BR>Friday 
Harbor, Wa 98250<BR><A 
href="mailto:wwp62@interisland.net";>wwp62@interisland.net</A><BR><A 
href="http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/5493";>http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Rapids/5493</A></FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>".All I ask is...the wheel's kick and the wind's 
song and the white sail's shaking..."<BR></FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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