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B WILLEY posted 11-26-2001 05:49 PM ET (US)   Profile for B WILLEY   Send Email to B WILLEY  
I understand that the hull # on a 1961 BW could be in several places and could be painted on or etched on a metal plate. My question is: does anyone know of a way to strip off the several layers of paint, one at a time, in an effort to reveal the number? Also; is there a central registry where I could verify a number, once I find it? I am at risk of becoming obsessed over this hull number business. Any help will be appreciated.
Tom W Clark posted 11-26-2001 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
If your boat is a 1961 then there will be only one number on it. it will be in only one place. That would be the inside of the transom in the splash well, in the middle. It would have been stenciled in black.

The number on a metal plate you refer to is the hull identification number (HIN) which only appeared on later boats (1972 and later) when it became required by law.

If your boat is indeed a '61 then the stenciled number will be a four digit number between 3000 and 3999

If your hull is painted, I would try some paint stripper in the area where the number is and just be attentive to the layer(s) of paint that slough off.

Once you have found the serial number, look here: for more information or contact Chuck Bennett at Boston Whaler ( and he will give you the original history of your particular boat.

KeysWhale posted 11-26-2001 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysWhale    
I'm restoring a late '60's 13ft-er, and was wondering if I should leave the stenciled number unpainted or maybe re-stencil it when done. The gelcoat is really cracked in most places and I am going to sand, coat and paint to make it new again. Any legal problems with painting over the number?
Tom W Clark posted 11-26-2001 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
No problem whatsoever. I think the idea of re-stenciling it is a good one.
jimh posted 11-28-2001 12:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I might think about leaving the original stencil. It would be a more authentic number.

Then again, if it is a mess, yeah, paint over and re-do it.

I don't think anyone is going to find a big swing in value based on hull number unless there is something unusual about it.

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