How to Decode a Pontoon HIN / NULL Identification Number

Decoding a Pontoon HIN Identification Number

A pontoon HIN decoder can help you identify key data about your boat. That said, if want to know how pontoon VIN / HIN identification numbers are encoded, read on.

You will find that Hull Identification Numbers do not contain spaces, however, we added them to the examples below to make reading them easier. Credit HIN Search for information below about decoding pontoon HIN numbers. Click here to learn how to run your pontoon boat HIN number.

HIN Decoder for Boat Manufactured Between 1972 and 1984

Boats that were built or manufactured between November 1972 and July 31, 1984, will reference the following HIN format and photo below.


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HIN Number for Pontoon Manufactured Between 1972 and 1984 (Credit: HINSearchPlus)
  1. Manufacturer Identification Code (MIC)
  2. Hull or Serial Number
  3. Certification Date (2 digit month, followed by 2 digit year)

Alternatively, some manufacturers used the following format:

HIN Number for Pontoons Manufactured Between 1972 and 1984 (Credit: HINSearchPlus)
  1. Manufacturer Identification Code (MIC)
  2. Hull or Serial Number
  3. Model year(“M”) followed by a two-digit year, followed by a single letter for the manufacture month. Furthermore, please note that the “Model Year” changeover was assumed to have happened in August with this format, so it’s possible the boat was built before its model year. 

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HIN Decoder for Boat Manufactured After 1984

If you own a boat that was manufactured on August 1, 1984, or later, you can use the following code below to decode your HIN.

HIN Numbers for Pontoons Manufactured After 1984 (Credit: HINSearchPlus)
  1. Manufacturer Identification Code (MIC)
  2. Hull or Serial Number
  3. Month and date
  4. Year

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