Legal Commentary. This statute is regarding the numbering of vessels with regard to the sale and operation of vessels. Since 1972, manufacturers have been required to have a hull identification number before selling or delivering the boat. A hull identification number, or HIN, is a 12-digit or 17-digit number assigned by the manufacturer. No two boats have the same HIN. Additionally, the number cannot be changed in any way after it has been sold or delivered to a dealer. Because of these unique characteristics of HINs, it is smart to write down your HIN and store it in a secure location. That way, if your boat is every stolen or your HIN gets damaged due to a Georgia boating accident, you still have the number for insurance and warranty problems.
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See the full text of the statute below:Hull Identification Numbers on New Vessels (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-7.2)
Each vessel manufactured or built after April 14, 2006, for sale in this state shall have a hull identification number displayed prior to sale or delivery for sale in accordance with federal law and this article. The hull identification number shall not be altered or replaced by the manufacturer or manufacturer’s representative for the purpose of upgrading the model year of a vessel after being offered for sale or delivered to any dealer.
HISTORY: Code 1981, § 52-7-7.2, enacted by Ga. L. 2006, p. 96, § 5/HB 1490.