Originally Posted by stray
Ask the seller for the HIN (hull identification number) it's on the thin metal strip on the back of the transom. the last 2 numbers are the year of manufacture.
Last 2 numbers are the year of manufacture.
More info here.
That information on boatsafe is only for boats built in the USA and not sold into Europe.
From 1998 the Hull Identification Number (HIN), now Craft Identification Number (CIN) is formatted as follows and detailed in an ISO Standard for international use:
AA BBB CCCCC DE FG
AA = Country code for example FR for France
BBB = manufacturers code
CCCCC = anything the manufacturer wants to put
D = month of manufacture ie A=Jan, B=Feb, C=March etc
E = year of manufacture
FG = model year
Often the model year will be a year later than the build year if the boat is built after about June or July.