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dolphins posted 11-14-2000 10:42 AM ET (US)   Profile for dolphins   Send Email to dolphins  
I'm in the process of refinshing my 1970 13' bw. My plan is to restore it to as close to orignal as possible. In order to accomplish this I need more info on my particular boat. Unfortunately for me the previous owner painted over the orignal interior color. So, before i get started on the sanding i would like to know where I would find the hull id #'s.
jimh posted 11-14-2000 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
At some point (not sure of the date) Federal Law required boat builders to make a Hull ID No. a permanent part of the hull. On molded boats it is usually molded into the transom on the outboard starboard side at the gunwale.

Before that epoch, Boston Whaler identified the boat with a painted-on hull serial number, usually located somewhere in the forward third of the boat out of sight. In a 13 it was usually in the bottom of the bow locker area. The number was painted using a stencil and black paint, in letters/numbers about 1.5 inches high.

The boat's serial number--distinct from the hull serial number--was indicated by an embossed metal tag, usually riveted somewhere in the cockpit near the helm station or on the transom. The metal plate was typically about 3 inches wide and 1.5 inches high, had the Whaler logo and other information printed on it, and had the hull ID no. embossed into the metal.

If your boat's interior has been painted, there is a good chance that the hull ID number has been painted over.

The difference between hull-ID and boat ID or serial number is this: the hull number represents the particular hull as it was molded. In many lengths, the hull became a particular model by the addition of more parts--consoles, seats, etc.--and when a boat became a particular model, it got another number reflecting that identification.

If the boat has been severly used, the metal plate with the hull ID no. may have been damaged or removed. This information is lost forever, unless you can find the painted hull number.

It might be possible--using some careful techniques of paint removal a la Fine Artwork restoration--to recover the serial number from under the paint top coat.

The value of having the serial number? Probably not much financial value in recovering it, although there is some satisfaction in knowing the history of the boat more definitively.


JC posted 11-14-2000 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for JC  Send Email to JC     
triblet posted 11-14-2000 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The requirement for the HIN started Nov. 1,
1972. It is on two places on the boat.
If the boat has a transom, on the starboard
side of the transon within two inches of the
top. I think all whalers have transoms,
so we'll ignore the multitude of rules for
boats that don't. And it some other
undisclosed location. On whalers I've seen
(VERY small sample), it's in the bow locker,
aft wall, starboard side.

Chuck Tribolet

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