After discovering my friends 8 year old Carolina Skiff has had all hull
numbers removed, indicating it is likely a stolen boat, I checked mine.
Built in April 1972, before the law requiring HIN numbers later that year. My 22 number, hand engraved on the transom, is prefaced with a Florida
home made boat HIN, FLZ, although the title lists it as a Catalina
. The problem is that the hull
number is 4309 on the engraving. PROBLEM...Catalina lists hull number 5000 as rolling out in February of 1975. Am I to believe that there were less than 700 Cat 22's built in the three years after mine. As there were, according to my number, 4000 built in the three years prior, the first in July of 1969, the numbers are suspicious, as is the home made boat designation by the state of Florida
Any opinions are welcome,