Vessel Documentation Search
BoatWiki - Databases
This free vessel documentation search lookup is a proprietary database service that is maintained by Team Boatwiki. It offers detailed records of more than 550,000 current and previously Coast Guard documented vessels. Such data is derived from the Coast Guard's merchant vessel publications and converted into an online searchable format.
The database can be searched by an official documentation number, hull identification number, or the vessel's name. These cannot be entered at the same time, therefore, you may need to run separate searches for each criteria. The official number must be six or seven digits with no preceding letters and hull numbers may be of a variable length. Vessel names may be searched by a full or partial designation. All search criteria may be entered in either upper or lower case.
In conducting a query, be sure you have selected the appropriate type of search. Responses will accordingly correspond with the exact term or phrase you have stated. These will be shown in a list box directly below the submit button. It may take a few moments to complete the process if the search involves a large number of records. Simply click the reset button if you wish to engage in a fresh search.
The search results will be displayed in a separate screen and may show multiple records depending on the criteria entered. If you receive an excessive number of records warning, it will be necessary to refine your criteria and try again. You may then print the data or return to the BoatWiki search page. In doing so, you may click the return button or use the back arrow in your browser. Do not close the browser itself as this will also close the underlying BoatWiki search page.
Although generally current, the data provided here is subject to periodic updates. It is also subject to errors or omissions and should not be relied upon without further investigation. Archived files which have been inactive for a long period of time may also be unavailable. Data beyond what is returned from the search results can be obtained directly from the National Vessel Documentation Center by ordering an abstract of title. This includes ownership information, preferred mortgage filings, lien claim notices, and supplemental data. Information about abstracts and how to place an order can be found in the WikiTags for this page..
Credits and References
12/16/2021 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.
5/2/2022 - Page revised.