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I have a Shamrock for sale. A couple of prospective buyers have requested a hull number history. I have nothing to hide, but should I be smelling something fishy here ?
 
I’d ignore these “buyers”. I’ve heard of a scam where they get you to pay for a useless report then disappear.
 
I don't think there's a HIN lookup service for boats, like an automobile VIN lookup. So I would tend to wonder why they'd ask, too. Unless they know something I don't, I'd assume they're trying to run some kind of automobile buyer scam, figuring it might work the same way for boats, too.

But, hey, might as well ask them why. If nothing else, you'll know if they're offshore based on the grammar in the reply.
 
Why would you care about a HIN history? What they need is the CG abstract. Unless this boat doesn’t have a documentation number.
 
Well, I took the bait. Pretty comprehensive like Carfax. Communication with prospective buyers seems to be legit, nobody claiming to be a prince from Africa. We'll see. Price of the boat just went up $80
 
They could be trying to register another boat with that number. I’m currently in the process of registering boat, sending photo of HIN is part it.
 
I bought a similar hin search service last year. Their report is lengthy about the boats history, but I could not get anything useful out of it
 
Some inexperienced buyers expect something like a carfax and are fairly shocked when we tell them we don't have the same thing. boathistoryreport.com will give you some info and can be worthwhile.
 
I have a Shamrock for sale. A couple of prospective buyers have requested a hull number history. I have nothing to hide, but should I be smelling something fishy here ?
Got 3 requests for histories with in 30 minutes of posting an ad. None would place a call to me. If don’t care enough to call, just ignore. Same for folks who offer to buy without coming to look. All scams. Talk to your bank about certified checks or echecks. Allow two weeks to “clear” .
 
Well, with all the hurricane activity in the south last couple yrs it was worth knowing it wasn't a sinker.
 
Well, with all the hurricane activity in the south last couple yrs it was worth knowing it wasn't a sinker.
You wouldn't know it from the boat history report. Salvage boats don't show up on there. The insurance companies are the only ones who know and they don't share the info. I learned this when I was looking to buy a hurricane damaged boat, but the salvage auctions were selling them for ridiculously (IMO) overpriced values. One of the reasons was that the flippers knew they would have a clean title to resell after slapping some bondo over the holes and pressure washing the interiors.
 
IMHO, what they are asking for is part of the BUYERS due diligence, not the seller. If the buyer wants a history report, they are welcome to do their research. Much like the a title search, which is also the responsibility of the buyer, not the seller. The buyer should also be seeking out a survey, but again, not the sellers expense.
 
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