Industry Links

United States Coast Guard Links

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USCG MIC Database Boat Manufacturer Information-

Recreational boats sold in or imported into the United States are required to have a twelve character Hull Identification Number (HIN). The first three characters of this HIN are the Manufacturer's Identification Code (MIC). Manufacturers are required to apply in writing to the U.S. Coast Guard for assignment of a MIC. The Coast Guard maintains a database of all recreational boat manufacturers in the United States and U.S. importers of recreational boats. This database contains information about active, out of business, and Canadian manufacturers.

USCG Documented Vessels by Document Number

USCG Documented Vessels by Document Vessel Name

USCG National Vessel Documentation Center- Order Abstract of Title, Builder's Certificate, Measurement Certificate

USCG Federal Statutes- These regulations govern the design and construction of recreational boats and include manufacturer certification, identification of boats, display of capacity information, safe loading, safe powering, flotation, electrical systems, fuel systems, ventilation, start-in-gear protection, navigation lights, and backfire flame control.

USCG Vessel Inspection History (PSIX)

USCG Boating Safety Circulars- The Boating Safety Circular (BSC) is a means to "pass the word" on various rules and regulations for recreational boats and other items of general boating interest. The BSC is informational only. The BSC is a valuable source of information on established or proposed regulations and standards and other boating safety topics.

USCG Recall Campaign Database- The U.S. Coast Guard maintains a database that contains information on manufacturer recalls of recreational boats and associated equipment. The recalls contained in the database relate to safety defects and non-compliance only, and do not include any other recalls the manufacturer may have conducted for other purposes such as manufacturer warranty. Safety defects are those items that can occur substantially without warning and create a substantial risk of personal injury.

USCG Safety Standards for Backyard Boat Builders

USCG Safety Circulars and Recall Campaigns

USCG Boating Accident Statistics by Year


USCG Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs)

Small Passenger Vessels Regulations (Subchapter T and K) with ISM

USCG Simplified Small Passenger Vessel Stability Test Procedure F

USCG Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Program - Watertight Integr- USCG Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Program - Watertight Integrity with links to Damage Control Procedures

Naviation Guildelines and Rules

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators - Provides comprehensive guides to state boating laws. One of these (guides) is the National Numbering and Titling Manual (1999).

State of California Boating Links

CA Department of Boating and Waterways

CA Department of Fish & Game

CA Harbors and Navigation Code - Includes rules on Vessel Repair, Civil Actions & Liens, and Wrecks and Salvage

Marine Professional Organizations

American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU)

International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI)

The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS)

American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) - Develops the voluntary consensus safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, maintenance and repair of small craft. Publishes uniform standards.

The Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME)


Mariner's World Marine Directory - Gives access to all of the Southern CA boating community. Check phone numbers and addresses for over 3000 boating businesses.

US Sailing Racing Rules

Recreational Boat Building Industry (RBBI) - Hundreds of links to boat builders, machinery mfgs and much more.

Todd & Associates - Marine Surveyor located in San Diego, CA and providing service in Mexico. Stolen Boats and Reward Posters.