All About State Issued Hull Identification Numbers
example of a state issued HIN having the MIC “wnz”
What is a State Assigned HIN?
The general rule is that the maker of the boat (manufacturer/builder) must affix a standard HIN to the hull of the boat. You can imagine
that there would be exceptions. Consider cases such as an imported boat from another country. Or a boat you build in your back yard.
In such cases, the State and or USCG will work together to provide you with a HIN.
In this article we will discuss the different cases where the State might issue a HIN for your Boat. Occasionally the USCG has allowed a 12
character HIN with an incorrect format as long as the manufacturer and year of the vessel can be identified.
A State issued HIN will always start with the three letters xxZ, where xx are your State’s code. Eg. FLZ, or TXZ.
What is a homemade boat?
Any boat made with raw materials by a person or persons for personal use and not made for the purpose of building multiple boats for
sale. (Not more than 1 vessel per year)
Some manufacturers are in the practice of selling non□compliant recreational boats to persons and calling them “homemade” by giving
the new owner a materials list. Be aware of these practices.
These boats will NOT have Certification Labels nor will they have USCG Maximum Capacities established!
THESE BOATS ARE UNSAFE AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN RECREATIONAL SERVICE.
Home Made vessel – State issued HIN procedure
Homemade/Backyard Built Boat: A homemade/backyard built boat is a single boat made with raw materials by a person or persons for
personal use and not built for sale. This boat requires a state issued HIN in the New Current Format.
Is a Kit Boat considered ‘homemade’?
Kit Boat is a is a boat in which the buyer purchases plans to build the boat and the materials to complete the boat are supplied by the
manufacturer/seller. This boat requires a HIN provided by the manufacturer/seller.
Imported Boats and their HIN
A single boat imported by an individual for their own personal use re