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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:39 am 
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How can I tell how old a Hobie 16 is?

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Serial number.

Hulls - What year / model year is my Hobie?

CCML1944A888 ( CCM L 1944 A 8 88 )

CCM - Coast Catamaran Manufacturer

L - The letter in that position "L" stands for the model of boat/kayak. Each boat model (H16, H17, H18 etc.) starts out with a different letter. If more than 9,999 of that model were built in one year, there would be multiple letters for a single model. In example, there were so many Hobie 16's built in some years that the model letters include CCMB, D, E, F, L, O, P R and S (also do to several other factors). The letter must change if we build more than 9,999 in one year.

1944 - Serial number sequence number

A - "A" is the month for January, "B" February and so on.

8 - year which was built in 1988

88- Your boat is a 1988 model year. Model years are like cars. The new year starts in September.

If the last of the sequence read I889, The boat would have been built in September of 1988 as a 1989 Model Year boat.

http://www.hobiecat.com/articles/boat-s ... cation,15/


Just before the latest serial number system, the following format was used:

Sample Serial Number "CCMP8281M81G-A1"

Built in "M" Model Year
"81" 1981
"G" Production Month (A=August, B=September...) February 1981
"A-1" Second Quality.


For boats that are older than 1973, a four digit number was used. the number was stamped into the forward plyon post on the outboard side. The plyon posts are what the trampoline is supported by above the hulls.

Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Hobie Cat USA

PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:04 pm 
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Hi Matt,
My Hobie 14 Turbo has a four digit number on each of the forward pylons. So, based on the information in your post, it is a pre-1973 Hobie 14. My questions are: Can you tell exactly what year it was made from the four-digit number? Also, each of the four numbers on mine has what looks like a couple of number "ones" (1) struck across it horizontally. It's as if someone tried to cross out or x-out the numbers. The style of the "ones" is the same as the other numbers. Does this mean anything in particular? There are also three numbers a little bit to the right of the four numbers and those are x-out as well. I would appreciate any information about this.

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