Originally Posted by jlanng
Incidentally, it is being sold as a 98 boat but the hull number starts 96. That suggests to me that it's two years older. Any thoughts?
If the boat is later than 16 June 1998 then it should be CE marked. Part of this is it has a hull number in a specified format as follows:
AA BBB CCCCC D E FF
AA = country code - GB for a uk builder
BBB = the boat builders identifier
CCCCC = any combination of numbers or letters that the builder wants to use.
D = Month of manufacture - A for january, B for February etc.
E = Year of manufacture - 8 for 1998, 0 for 2000, 1 for 2001 etc.
F = Model year - 98 for 1998, 00 for 2000, 01 for 2001 etc.
So, if the hull number starts 96 the number is not in the format above so it is probably older than 1998.
However, a lot of small boat manufacturers were pretty slack at getting their hull numbers and CE marking in order when the requirements came in.
As an example, one of my boats is a December 1998 build with no hull number at all!
I hope this may be of use.