How to Find The Owner Of A Boat by HIN
There are many reasons may you might want to find out who owns a boat. For companies wanting to search many boats on a recurring
basis, check out the Boat Alert vessel owner search service here.
Maybe you found a boat adrift, abandoned on your property, maybe you would like to speak with a current owner of a boat that you are
considering, or maybe a boat has been damaged and you need to talk to the owner. Some times people want to find a boat for a
Boat Owner Name Search
Whatever the reason, it might be very hard to do this today with all privacy laws and the Family Act in many states.
Remember, vehicle identification numbers (VINs) apply to many types of vehicles such as cars, trucks, RVs, and motorcycles. But VINs
do not apply to boats. Instead, they use a 12-digit HIN (Hull Identification number)
In this article, we will look at a few ways of finding a boat’s owner and point you in the right direction. Then we will discuss the services
offered by Boat-Alert.com to companies looking to search our database.
Table of Contents:
What are the Ways to Identify a Boat?
Finding the HIN:
How do you find the owner of a boat?
How Do I Check a VIN Number on a Boat?
What do I Use the HIN for on a boat?
Will the Owner’s Name Always be Attached to a Boat?
How do I Know if a Boat has Been Stolen at Some Point?
Finding the Rightful Owner
About the Boat Alert Owner search service for companies
First, What are the Ways to Identify a specific Boat?
The initial step in identifying the owner is to identify the boat. Boats have many identifying features including registration numbers,
names, and hull identification numbers (HIN). The most visible feature will be the name or registration number. We have an article that
discusses all you wanted to know about Hull ID Numbers.
Documented vessels, normally found on navigable waters like oceans, large rivers, or the Great Lakes, are usually larger (at least 5-ton
displacement) and are federally registered. For those, you would want t