Practical

A story of number

24 July 2015 | | Reading time 4 minutes

It’s by talking with new Club Lagoon members that the idea to write this article came to me. Club Lagoon Registration (free and reserved to Lagoon owners, for more information click here) requires a document including the CIN number or the HIN number. The what? – you may say. Anne, who recently joined the Lagoon team, solves the mystery of this famous number below.

CIN number, what is it?
The identification number CIN (Craft Identification Number), formerly called HIN (Hull Identification Number), is a specific distinctive sign of 14 characters which allows the boat’s identification and its tracking.  This number allows to identify the country where the boat was built, the boat builder and the year of build.

What does it mean?
At first glance, we could think it is a common line of letters and figures. Yet, this identification number says a lot about a boat.

The two first letters indicate the boat’s country of origin (FR)
Separated by a dash, the following letters give the builder’s name(CNB).
The both letters after indicate the boat model (ZA) followed by the boat’s hull number (653).
Then, a letter indicates the month of production (A) with a number which corresponds to the year of build (2).
To finish, the last two CIN numbers represent the model year (12). Like good wines, boats evolve every year, and this model year allows to identify the boat’s “vintage”.

*Since early 2016, the boat model has been formed of two letters (for example the Lagoon 380 #135: FR-CNBZA653A212). It was originally made up of two numbers (take the same example: FR-CNB38653A212).

HIN number, what is it?
The identication number HIN (Hull identification number) include 12 characters. It looks like his comrade because only 3 characters are not identically at the CIN number.
Indeed, the shipyard code is the only difference. It is replace by a refer code by United States authorities.

The HIN number is essential for the American regulations. All boats taking the United States way, must to have this number on their hull. This is why, from February 2016, all Lagoon catamarans will be engrave of both number.

What does it mean?

The three first letters show the builder code (Manufacturer Identification Code) referenced by the American authorities. Lagoon is attached to his comrade Jeanneau America: IRI.
The M.I.C allows users to connect on the US Coast Guards website and find easily the name and full details of the boat builder.
The both letters after indicate the boat model (ZA) followed by the boat’s hull number (653).
Then, a letter indicates the month of production (A) with a number which corresponds to the year of build (2).
To finish, the last two HIN numbers represent the model year (12). Like good wines, boats evolve every year, and this model year allows to identify the boat’s “vintage”.

 

Where is they located?
In order to ensure its permanent presence on the hull, the number is engraved during the boat building. It is generally placed near the deck-hull joint on the starboard part of the hull or on the starboard side of the transom.

Here is where to find it on Lagoon catamarans:

  • On the 380 – 39 – 400S2 – 42 – 421 – 450F – 450S – 40MY: the numbers are placed on the upper starboard back side of the transom.

  • On the 52F – 52S – 560 – 620 – 630MY: the numbers are located on the starboard side of the transom skirt.

The CIN number is also on the boat’s registration certificate remitted upon the boat purchase.

You will also find it on most documents delivered by the yard and essential for the boat registration.

Given that the CIN number has no secret for you anymore, you can go look for it on its hull and try and decipher it!