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Old 08-19-2019, 10:11 AM   #1
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Second HIN placement?

While hunting around for the HIN on an old sailboat, I got to wondering about the supposedly secret place manufacturers placed a second HIN. Was this practice followed by all makers, and was it done for all sizes or just easily stolen boats?
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Old 08-19-2019, 10:20 AM   #2
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My secondary HIN is in my engine room on a spar.
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Old 08-19-2019, 10:38 AM   #3
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My last boat a 37' Silverton Convertible had it glassed on a 3x5 card, glassed on the inside of the transom in an inconspicuous spot.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:29 AM   #4
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I have owned at least ten boats over my lifetime and I never found a secondary HIN. USCG document number, yes but no HINs.



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Old 08-19-2019, 11:33 AM   #5
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My Catalina sailboat had a 2nd HIN glassed to a bulkhead. You had to know where to look..
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:19 PM   #6
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My last boat was built before the standardization of hin numbers. It now has two hin #’s. The original molded into the hull and its new number engraved right below the original.
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Old 08-19-2019, 07:40 PM   #7
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Builders hid the second HIN to help in identifying a stolen boat. The thief wouldn’t have know where to look for it. LE would call the builder to find out where to look for it. A stolen boat could have had the outside HIN changed but the inside one would be proof it was stolen.
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I found the one in my last boat. I found it accidentally when I was replacing water fill and pump out hoses to the deck fittings. It was glassed into the hull on the starboard quarter.

I have yet to find the one on my current boat, but honestly, I haven't looked.
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