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JohnW posted 05-30-2000 08:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for JohnW   Send Email to JohnW  
Is there anyway you can tell the year of a Boston Whaler by its serial Number?
whalernut posted 05-30-2000 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
John, I asked the same question at a marine shop and they told me the last 2 numbers of the serial number, but myself I am not sure if they are right. I just wrote Boston Whaler for the history and year of my `17 Currituck, I hope they respond and let me know. If I am correct mine is a 73` thats the last two numbers of my serial number. The people I bought the boat from told me and I believed them it is a 75`, so they could have been wrong, either way they were the same in both years! I`ll let you know. Regards-JACK.
dave_maggio posted 05-31-2000 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for dave_maggio  Send Email to dave_maggio     
Just like Jack said, the last two numbers in the HIN (Hull ID Number), usually located on the transom (outside starboard side) is the year that the boat was manufactured. The HIN should also be on the title and registration that you have for the boat.


JIMTEECE posted 05-31-2000 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for JIMTEECE  Send Email to JIMTEECE     
hi guys am new whaler owner my Boat # 34927 is on a 73 sakonnet!! I have a # 1-800 whaler9 that is suppose to tell born date,original dealer and owner.. call # and The # they gave me was non existant any ideas........ Jim
jimh posted 06-02-2000 12:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     

Perhaps what you are reading as "34927" is actually something like "B4927".

I have noticed that many hull numbers have an initial alpha-character, not a numeral.

Just a guess!


jwood posted 06-02-2000 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jwood  Send Email to jwood     
I wonder how Whaler determined hull serial numbers. I have a 1968 Sakonnet with the number 38853 stensiled in gelcoat just above the transom drain. Why is my number larger than the 73 model? ANy guesses?
whalernut posted 06-02-2000 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Hey guys, I e-mailed Whaler and my serial number on my Whaler is 3A7838 and my HIN is BWCA64710873. The Hull Identification Number is the tip-off the last two numbers will tell you the year, my Currituck is a 1973 as the last two numbers of the HIN indicate. Hope this helps! Regards-JACK.
jwood posted 06-08-2000 07:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for jwood  Send Email to jwood     
To JimTeece:

I emailed BW ( asked about my hull SN (38853). This is their reply:

"According to Whaler's records your serial number 38853 was shipped out of
our Rockland, Mass facility on 6/3/68 as a Sakonnet model.
This was the only serial number given the boat. The 12 digit Hull
Identification Numbers did not start until the early 70's."

Since your hull SN is lower than mine, perhaps your 73 is actually a 66 or 67.....?

Hope this helps.

Joe Wood

credding posted 06-08-2000 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for credding  Send Email to credding     
I have what is supposed to be a 1963 Nauset. I cannot locate a stenciled serial number on the hull. My title shows a serial number of TXZ73217E696. Where did BW place the numbers back in '63. The numbers aren't visible on the starboard transom. It's possible I guess that the numbers were glassed over if there was ever any repair. Shouldn't all hulls have a number stenciled in?
JIMTEECE posted 06-16-2000 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for JIMTEECE  Send Email to JIMTEECE     
Just got a letter from Whaler will send it as an attachtment... along with the letter they sent me a page out of a catalog... Nauset-- Eastport-- Sakonnet Series.. is it a boat or a series will send that picture in another attachment... Keep up the good work Jim...... Jim
Eric posted 06-16-2000 10:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
I'm curious to see where this is going, and I'm waiting to see if the number on my 62 (probably Nauset) becomes readable while at the glass shop. I would love to get some info on the origin of the boat and learn who bought it.
dfmcintyre posted 06-17-2000 08:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     

While I don't have the exact date (I'm at home and don't have access to some reference material) but somewhere in the early 70's, all boat companies were required to label HIN numbers on their hulls. This was within 2 years of the same requirement for all auto companies to provide VIN's.

Prior to that date, a HIN, that would give you the year of production on the last two digits was not available.

The number, usually found on the 13's and 17's of the time were located on the inside of the anchor locker, on the back side. This is a production or serial number, not a true HIN number.

Some boats will have both.

Best -

Flex Tuning posted 04-19-2005 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Flex Tuning  Send Email to Flex Tuning     
For nearly 20 years I've been calling my whaler a Montauk but after checking out this excellent web site I now know that is incorrect. How can I find out what configuration my whaler was originally? The number stenciled on the stern is 32393. I was told it was a 1970 hull from the previous owner.
LHG posted 04-20-2005 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
The change from serial numbers, indicating production sequence I believe, to HIN, must have happened for the 1973 model year run. I know someone with a '72 rib sided Outrage, #00715, indicating it was the 715th rib side made, the only number the boat has.
jimh posted 04-20-2005 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This thread is five years old. I don't understand why it was revived.

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