Where is my boat serial number and what do the numbers and letters represent?

Location – The serial number on your Shearwater, Sterling or Blackwood boat is located on the right (starboard) side of the transom, just below the rub-rail molding.<br /> HIN Identification Code – The first three characters in every HIN are a Manufacturer Identification Code – in your case “SOE”.  This identification code is issued by the Coast Guard.<br /> Hull Serial Numbers – Characters four through eight are the hull serial number, which consists of two letters identifying the model and three numbers representing the serial number of the boat.<br /> The Date of Certification – The ninth and tenth characters in each Hull Identification Number indicate the month and year of the date of certification.<br /> Model Year – Characters 11 and 12 are the model year of the boat.
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