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    So I was going over a few things on my "Kona" and noticed the HIN # on the transom doesn't match the HIN on the Coast Guard tag on the inside of the boat....the last 4 digits match however.
    Boat is reg and titled with HIN on inside of boat....The tag says Makai Industries out of California, yet the first letters in the HIN itself say it's a Mobrik LLC out of Mi.

    The HIN on transom say it's a Hawaiian....but I haven't been able to find any pics of similar topdecks as mine...but have found plenty of similar Konas.

    I'm really not worried about any of it...just curious if others have had a boat with mismatched HIN's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotRodJosh View Post
    So I was going over a few things on my "Kona" and noticed the HIN # on the transom doesn't match the HIN on the Coast Guard tag on the inside of the boat....the last 4 digits match however.
    Boat is reg and titled with HIN on inside of boat....The tag says Makai Industries out of California, yet the first letters in the HIN itself say it's a Mobrik LLC out of Mi.

    The HIN on transom say it's a Hawaiian....but I haven't been able to find any pics of similar topdecks as mine...but have found plenty of similar Konas.

    I'm really not worried about any of it...just curious if others have had a boat with mismatched HIN's.
    Years ago I got a call from a guy that tried to register his Hydroflite with the Ca DMV.... DMV told him his HIN number was already registered, to me, and my 1968 Hydroflite.... I'm not sure how he got any info as to how to find me, but he was adamant that his "tag" had the numbers in question....Hmmm, mine isn't tagged, nor does it have any HIN numbers on the transom.....I DO know who owned mine for the prior 25 years, so I know it's not stolen, but there is somewhat of a mystery involved.... I really wonder just how closely boat builders were monitored back in those days..... I never heard from him again, so I assume they got it straightened out, maybe by issuing another CG number to his boat. Az assigned my 69 Tahiti an "ID" number, and left it up to me to make 2 tags, and attach them. One outside where HIN numbers are now, and one "permanently" inside somewhere... The boat has a tag from "Schuster Boats" with a serial number, but Az issued their own.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotRodJosh View Post
    So I was going over a few things on my "Kona" and noticed the HIN # on the transom doesn't match the HIN on the Coast Guard tag on the inside of the boat....the last 4 digits match however.
    Boat is reg and titled with HIN on inside of boat....The tag says Makai Industries out of California, yet the first letters in the HIN itself say it's a Mobrik LLC out of Mi.

    The HIN on transom say it's a Hawaiian....but I haven't been able to find any pics of similar topdecks as mine...but have found plenty of similar Konas.

    I'm really not worried about any of it...just curious if others have had a boat with mismatched HIN's.
    Boats often have all sorts of interesting history... and sometimes it can be a bit on the shady side. I have seen boats registered as all sorts of "other" things that they are most certainly not... and have seen boats registered as "homebuilt" when they are most definatly a Schiada, or Youngblod, or whatever... Hawaiians and Konas have an interesting bit of history and understandable why there would be a boat that is one yet id as another.

    Personally, I'd say, as long as you have a title for one of the numbers, preferably the hull, and the thing is not stolen or anything like that... just make the other number match a new tag and run with it. You DO NOT want to deal with the DMV to try to correct something such as this...or ANYTHING really. I went through an absolute nightmare trying to register my gullwing when I first bought it because the hull said, "PJB" and the title said, "PIB". Simple typo on the title... no big deal? The morons couldn't see that and after much aggervation... and finally just paying a registration service to handle it... I got it registered.
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    Good to have a history on it...mines registered as a holmes CFZ....but its a 73 spectra(I can make out a couple of the original Hin#"s). I have owned it for bout 10 years and have the contact#/info from prior owner who had it as well for years.
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    One thing you have to remember regarding HINs is that they are the MANUFATURE'S ID, not the ID of the mold, or who owed the molds when the boat was laid up. Many glass shops like Holmes fiberglass(Horizon boats), and Fiberglass concepts(Advantage boats) and Eliminator(Huntington Fiberglass) all laid up boats for other boat companies. Its still done today. Doesn't mean the boat isn't what it appears to be, simply means glass was laid by someone else.



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