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Vessel Identification Number


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Apr 24, 2023 - A vessel identification number in boating terms relates to any unique identifier assigned to a vessel. These may include hull identification numbers, state registration numbers, official USCG vessel documentation numbers and foreign registry numbers among others.


A vessel identification number is most often equated with a hull identification number and is referred to as a VIN under those circumstances. Although it serves the same function, a VIN is sometimes confused with a vehicle identification number which also utilizes such abbreviation. In a broad sense, however, it can mean anything that uniquely identifies a specific boat.


Vessel identification numbers are assigned by various entities such as boat manufacturers, the USCG, State Registration agencies, and foreign registration agencies. These must be marked or affixed on the respective vessel in accordance with the applicable regulations.


Boaters should become intimately familiar with various ways of identifying a vessel in order to comply with a myriad of local, state, federal, and foreign boating regulations.

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