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JUN 21, 2023 - A make in boating terms typically refers to the trade name of a boat's respective builder or manufacturer. This will coincide with the manufacturer's identification code as shown in a hull identification number. Although sometimes conflated, it usually differs from what is known as the model, brand, or type. Those terms apply to various styles and configurations offered by a particular builder or manufacturer.


With respect to vessel documentation, the Coast Guard is primarily focused on where the vessel was built and by whom. This is because vessels designated for commercial usage must be typically built or manufactured in the United States. Although the type of vessel is relevant for admeasurement purposes, the model or brand is of no consequence. As for state registrations, such factors do not apply and the terms make and model are often interchangeable, depending on the jurisdiction.


Registration and titling aside, a boat's make and model can have a significant impact on its value and marketability. Boaters should accordingly become familiar with such differences.

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