Can you identify this boat by photos?

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  1. lance linked
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    bought this for a song last week, and have been told it is a '69 silverline, but cannot find any photos of similar boats on the net. the only ID plate on the boat is a VIN number tag. wondering if a VIN tag was pulled from some old silverline to paper a different boat that was in better shape?
     

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    The HIN (not a VIN) is stamped into the transom and is visible in the stern view photo. This number will have the manufacture prefix code in the first 3 digits. This can be used to look up the manufacture at the USCG. It's illegal to remove and or transplant a HIN, though some have tried, it's usually pretty easy to see a problem and get arrested for title and registration falsification and often a theft charge too. The PA registration number will have the appropriate HIN associated with this particular boat, so a search through state records will yield what you need to know. That may be a 1969, but the hull styling looks to be a mid 70's and the fact, the HIN is stamped into the hull is also a clue, as this wasn't required until 1973.
     
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    the HIN is a strip of aluminum that is riveted to the transom, hence my question.

    anyway, I am planning to strip the existing interior and redo it in euro style red upholstery with an automotive operator's seat and a left side and rear L shaped bench. the cockpit is only 48" wide, by 63" long, so it is tight in any 4 seater config. I have a 24 gallon aluminum tank that fits under the motorwell and am looking into a power-tilt option for the motor. the steering is also kinda jury rigged, so I wouldn't wind it out without an upgrade. the good news is that the 1997 motor runs well and the lower end is still sound.

    there is a profile relief in the coaming for a windscreen, but it was removed and snap stud bases were added for a fitted canvas. I like the idea of a fitted cover, so am considering making a removable windshield out of frameless 3/16 plexi with stainless hinges with notches where the snaps are, then gluing a fiber strip along the base of the windshield and using snaps in the fiber where it crosses the notches to hold it in place. has this been done before? maybe some better hold downs on the side wings will be necessary to make it more rigid.
     
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    the 24 gallon aluminum tank? did that come with the boat? Is it a marine tank? There are very specific rules for gas fuel tanks on boats. Does the tank have a label (usually on the top)

    If it came with the boat have it pressure tested to make sure it has no leaks.
     
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    Can you post what the HIN says?
     
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    the tank is from a bayliner. it is a standard marine tank, and I intend to mount it to a treated plywood cradle with appropriate rubber damping, air spacing, and metal strapping, grounding, etc. I will test it to 3-4 PSI after I clean it and add a replacement sending unit. thanks for the reminder.
     
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    the HIN on the documents I have from MD and PA both say 43670, 1969, 16'8" x 6'5". I will take a rubbing of the aluminum tag, as it was longer than 5 digits, IIRC.

    found this page on decoding HIN:
    http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/hin.htm
     
  8. PAR
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    The HIN will have a 3 letter prefix and as you've learned this is the MIC (Manufacture's ID Code). If the manufacture is unknown (not uncommon on an old hull) or the boat is homebuilt, it will have a "Z" MIC from the state it was originally titled, so the MIC would be MDZ-xxxx-xxx if originally titled in Maryland. If it is a Z MIC, finding out much more will be difficult without a title search and there's no guarantee you'll find anything more then.
     
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    I looked, and the only stamping on the stainless tag on the transom is the 5 digit serial number, so, the hull predates the 1973 rule noted above, and I may never know for sure. either way, I should name her "Too cheap to be this fast", or something along those lines. My mechanic doesn't recognize her either, but estimates topping out around 75 knots...
     
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    I can't see the hull well enough to suggest where she might top out, but I think 75 knots is dreaming. It has relatively modest deadrise and only 75 HP and if built like most boats were back in the late 60's early 70's, likely way too heavy too.

    In any case, the title and/or the registration will have an assigned HIN, which may be a "Z" HIN or actually have a recognized MIC included.
     
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    The hull and motor are 1200 pounds, according to my mechanic, who has a scales. Seems light to me. I thought he was dreaming too, but I won't know till next spring.

    The titles have no MIC of record, or date code, just the 5 digit serial number.
     

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    I suggest you also post a pic of this on Performance Boats forum http://www.performanceboats.com/forum.php Someone there may recognize this particular boat. I have seen a lot of 60's and 70's boats on that forum. If this can go that fast (I doubt it with only 75 HP) then some of those Hot Boat guys may know what it is.
     
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