BoatWiki - Definitions
A serial number in boating terms can be defined as the unique builder's production number assigned to boats and motors. It is incorporated into the hull identification number on boats and stands alone for inboard and outboard motors.
The configuration or sequencing of a serial number has no particular meaning other than for the indexing purposes of a manufacturer. It facilitates a search of their proprietary records for build details that may not be otherwise evident from the overall hull number.
Almost all boats and motors, regardless of the year in which produced, will have some type of unique serial or production number. As of 1972, production numbers became part of the overall hull identification number for boats as prescribed by federal law.
The importance of serial, production, and hull identification numbers can not be understated. Without these, a boat or motor has no individuality. Any obvious signs of tampering or obliteration of such identifiers should be met with a great deal of trepidation. Learn more about these important issues from the above WikiTags and throughout the pages of BoatWiki.
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4/26/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.