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Hull Identification Number

Hull Identification Number

What is the HIN/CIN number? 

The Hull Identification Number (HIN) or Craft Identification Number (CIN), is a unique combination of letters and/or numerals affixed or embossed on the outside of the transom, generally on the starboard side above the waterline on most vessels.

Personal Water Craft

All personal Water Craft utilise the standardised Hull identification numbering format used by US boat manufacturers and which is almost identical to the ISO standard. The hull identification number is found on the aft section of every PWC on a plate and the inboard engines also carry a serial number stamped into the engine block or marked on a plate. In addition many PWC’s are fitted with ‘Datatag’ which carries the principle identification data.

The HIN (CIN) consists of 12 Characters (letters and/or numbers) for the US market and 14 Characters for the European market.

From 1972 US Federal regulations required every recreational boat manufacturer to assign a HIN to each vessel built.

From June 1998, the European Recreational Craft Directive required that every new boat sold or put into service in the EU to have a HIN displayed conforming to the Directive. The European RCD required that the 12 Character HIN also displayed a 2 Character Country code prefix defining the Country of Origin. The Country Code prefix to conform to ISO3166

From 1 January 2006 the European Recreational Directive was amended and the HIN renamed CIN (Craft Identification Number) for the EU market. Apart from the name, the CIN retains the same 2+12 Character format. The USA retains the name HIN.

Boats built within the USA, for export, may display both formats, one beneath the other. The last 12 characters will be the same for both formats. The first 2 characters, pre-fixing the 12 characters, are the country code, indicating the country of origin. In the US, the Country Code HIN may be surrounded by a border or be on a separate label.

Datatag.

Datatag consists of a range of electronic transponders, microdots and visible ID labels that contain a unique identification numbers. The Datatag PWC Theft Protection Kit makes your personal watercraft easy to identify and therefore much less attractive to thieves.

http://www.datatag.co.uk/

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