I will put this post to rest. I went and looked at the 46 Formosa with incorrect HIN numbers to see for myself. I traveled 10,000 miles to Malaysia
to do this. The FCC number he had on his papers not FBB like every other Formosa.
I asked to look at the stern where the numbers are stamped in every Formosa. The owner told me he had his painter grind off those unsightly numbers off the hull. After looking at the papers I noticed that the vessel was USCG federally documented in it's past so I asked to see those numbers that have to be affixed to the inside of the vessel somewhere. The Canadian owner said I chiseled those unsightly numbers off the beam they were put into. I could not believe any sailboat owner would remove any numbers relating to the papers of the boat proving ownership
I walked away from the deal to buy the boat, also their was allot of black oil
mixed with seawater in the bilge
under the motor
Buying a sailboat is a major undertaking I was very close to buying this vessel. I was lucky no money
was involved yet.