United States Coast Guard Links
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Recreational boats sold in or imported into the United States are required to have a twelve character Hull Identification Number (HIN). The first three characters of this HIN are the Manufacturer's Identification Code (MIC). Manufacturers are required to apply in writing to the U.S. Coast Guard for assignment of a MIC. The Coast Guard maintains a database of all recreational boat manufacturers in the United States and U.S. importers of recreational boats. This database contains information about active, out of business, and Canadian manufacturers.
USCG National Vessel Documentation Center- Order Abstract of Title, Builder's Certificate, Measurement Certificate
USCG Federal Statutes- These regulations govern the design and construction of recreational boats and include manufacturer certification, identification of boats, display of capacity information, safe loading, safe powering, flotation, electrical systems, fuel systems, ventilation, start-in-gear protection, navigation lights, and backfire flame control.
USCG Boating Safety Circulars- The Boating Safety Circular (BSC) is a means to "pass the word" on various rules and regulations for recreational boats and other items of general boating interest. The BSC is informational only. The BSC is a valuable source of information on established or proposed regulations and standards and other boating safety topics.
USCG Recall Campaign Database- The U.S. Coast Guard maintains a database that contains information on manufacturer recalls of recreational boats and associated equipment. The recalls contained in the database relate to safety defects and non-compliance only, and do not include any other recalls the manufacturer may have conducted for other purposes such as manufacturer warranty. Safety defects are those items that can occur substantially without warning and create a substantial risk of personal injury.
Naviation Guildelines and Rules
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators - Provides comprehensive guides to state boating laws. One of these (guides) is the National Numbering and Titling Manual (1999).
State of California Boating Links
CA Harbors and Navigation Code - Includes rules on Vessel Repair, Civil Actions & Liens, and Wrecks and Salvage
Marine Professional Organizations
American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) - Develops the voluntary consensus safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, maintenance and repair of small craft. Publishes uniform standards.
Mariner's World Marine Directory - Gives access to all of the Southern CA boating community. Check phone numbers and addresses for over 3000 boating businesses.
Recreational Boat Building Industry (RBBI) - Hundreds of links to boat builders, machinery mfgs and much more.
Todd & Associates - Marine Surveyor located in San Diego, CA and providing service in Mexico. Stolen Boats and Reward Posters.