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-serial-number-location,15/
OLDER BOATS :
Just before the latest serial number system, the following format was used:
Sample Serial Number "CCMP8281M81G-A1"
Built in "M" Model Year
"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.