HIN decipher

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  1. Sammy Hooker

    Sammy Hooker New Member

    8
    Jun 9, 2019
    1981 SeaRary 255 Sedan flybridge
    tw470 Mercs
    Howdy, gents! New to the club! I'm about to embark on a restoration/renovation on an old sedan flybridge and was looking for some help deciphering the exact year and model. All I can get is it's a 255 model. Here's the HIN.. Thanks for any input :) 20190607_135125.jpg
     
  2. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    388
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1980 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    12 month of 1980. 255 sedan bridge as I understand it.
    Or should I say sundancer bridge?
     
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  3. Sammy Hooker

    Sammy Hooker New Member

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    Jun 9, 2019
    1981 SeaRary 255 Sedan flybridge
    tw470 Mercs
    ah Hahh! Thanks for that!
     
  4. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    388
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1980 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Somewhere in there, there is a letter or number that identifies the location it was built. If it's the "A", possibly ours may have been at the same place around the same time. Ours is A1080-245SDC. Was told the C in ours was due to it being a custom build. (hard top without the command bridge)
     
  5. Sammy Hooker

    Sammy Hooker New Member

    8
    Jun 9, 2019
    1981 SeaRary 255 Sedan flybridge
    tw470 Mercs
    That's cool! thanks for the info!
     
  6. Sammy Hooker

    Sammy Hooker New Member

    8
    Jun 9, 2019
    1981 SeaRary 255 Sedan flybridge
    tw470 Mercs
    . Do you have some more pics of yours I could see anywhere?
     
  7. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    388
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1980 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Actually, don't really have many of just the boat. Most the pics I have taken was for references while working on it or is just in the back ground of family and fishing shots. They are a heavy solid hull as you know. A great platform for building a fishing machine for the waters up here. We are not too far from Alaska and usually run it from March to October. I upgraded the engine and drive to a 5.7 Vortec/Bravo 2 combo.
    IMG_20160427_165526.jpg IMG_20160306_120714.jpg
     
  8. Sammy Hooker

    Sammy Hooker New Member

    8
    Jun 9, 2019
    1981 SeaRary 255 Sedan flybridge
    tw470 Mercs
    That's a damn nice looking boat! What's the model? I'm planning on removing the flybridge and just having a hard top so it'd look similar to yours, then full power conversion to Suzuki o/be
     
  9. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    388
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1980 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Thanks. The model is a 245SDC. It's actually registered as an '81 as I am guessing yours may be too. There was no records of it with Sea Ray. Believe the C was for custom. It is basically a 245SDB without the bridge. I have seen some pics of some mid to late 70' 245's without the bridge but haven't seen any others from the early 80's. We picked it up 6 years ago with the intentions of building it up to meet our needs.
    It's not looking real nice inside right now. Had to tear out the rear cabin wall stb side to do stringers.
    IMG_1349.JPG IMG_1348.JPG
    You have a nice hull to work with for your repower project. The transom has 3/4" of glass on the outer shell and close to 5/8" in the bottom. We've been caught in some real nasty weather with this one and it handled it like a champ. Have tossed the idea around of doing the pod thing ourselves, but will probably stay with the I/O. Thinking we will have a tough time beating the combination in it now.
    Check out this thread if you haven't seen it. He pretty much did what you are planning.
    www.clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/76-custom-sea-ray-restoration-almost-complete.90026/
     
  10. Sammy Hooker

    Sammy Hooker New Member

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    Jun 9, 2019
    1981 SeaRary 255 Sedan flybridge
    tw470 Mercs
    Yeah, you gotta nice ride! I have seen that guys thread and have been chatting with him. I saw it another remodel job where the guy actually cut down the flybridge to a hardtop and put twin Suzuki's on the back, and now I can't find that guy's thread for nothing lol I've watched this searay flybridge sit on the side of I-5 in Everett for probably close to 10 years and always thought it would be a cool project and all of a sudden it popped up on Craigslist last week for 250 bucks LOL of course I had to grab it and bring it home tomorrow
     
  11. Sammy Hooker

    Sammy Hooker New Member

    8
    Jun 9, 2019
    1981 SeaRary 255 Sedan flybridge
    tw470 Mercs
    . This will be my second go-round on a searay remodel. A modernized and converted a 76 SRV hardtop 240 a few years ago.

    https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/judyann-gettin-a-makeover-a-novel.464059/
     
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  12. Ike

    Ike Member

    261
    Dec 17, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    1972 Sea Ray SRV 190 I/O
    12 Ft Rowboat
    8 Foot Sailing Dinghy
    Mercruiser 165 6cyl inline GM 250
    Your boat has what the Coast Guard called the straight year format. There were two HIN formats before 1984. One ended with a model year designation such as M80E meaning it was a Model 1980 and E meant it was built in December.

    Then there was yours, the straight year format, that ended with the month and year of build. in this case December 1980, which was a 1981 model, because the model year ran from 1 August of the year before (1980) to July 31 of the next year, 1981. Everything made in that period was a 1981 model year.

    SER is the manufacturer ID Code for Sea Ray (I used to be one of the people that issued MICs to boat manufacturers)
    8468A is assigned by Sea Ray. The A could be a factory designator but you'd have to ask Sea Ray. They can put whatever they want in those five digits.
    The 1280 is when it was built (actually it can be anytime between when they started building until it leaves the factory)
    All those numbers after the first twelve are not part of the HIN. It is something Sea Ray assigns to identify the model and only Sea Ray can tell you what it means. Here's a quote from my article HIN 101 for Boatowners.

    "Just to confuse the issue even further, before 1984 there were two ways to put the date of certification on the HIN. It could look like this ABC000011272, or ABC00001M73E. Both of these are valid and indicate a boat built in December 1972, (hence 12 and 72 on one, or M for model year 73 and E for the month of December). This was very confusing so in 1984 the current HIN was adopted."
    http://newboatbuilders.com/pages/hottopics.html
    See USCG HIN 101 http://www.uscgboating.org/library/boating-safety-circulars/BSC70.pdf#basics
    For more info see "What Is An HIN http://www.pcmarinesurveys.com/Whats a HIN .htm
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2019
  13. DON SIMMONDS

    DON SIMMONDS Member

    49
    Aug 17, 2008
    MARITIMES
    1986 39' SPORTFISH SEDAN BRIDGE
    2 X 454
    1981-1983, great boats. I should have a lot of pics.
     
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  14. Sammy Hooker

    Sammy Hooker New Member

    8
    Jun 9, 2019
    1981 SeaRary 255 Sedan flybridge
    tw470 Mercs
    Where can I see your boat pics?
     
  15. Newtoboating

    Newtoboating New Member

    3
    Jun 17, 2019
    Pennsylvania
    1979 Sea Ray
    228 Mercruiser
    Hi everyone. I just bought a boat last Thursday and I'm trying to find out what model it is. I don't have a pic of the hin but the one on the registration is SER10M32017. It's registered as a 79 here's a few pictures that I have on my phone
     

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  16. Newtoboating

    Newtoboating New Member

    3
    Jun 17, 2019
    Pennsylvania
    1979 Sea Ray
    228 Mercruiser
     

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  17. Newtoboating

    Newtoboating New Member

    3
    Jun 17, 2019
    Pennsylvania
    1979 Sea Ray
    228 Mercruiser
    It's a 20' and looks like this 1980 srv210 cuddy cruiser
     
  18. Ike

    Ike Member

    261
    Dec 17, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    1972 Sea Ray SRV 190 I/O
    12 Ft Rowboat
    8 Foot Sailing Dinghy
    Mercruiser 165 6cyl inline GM 250
    That HIN you provided has only 11 digits. It should be 12. SER is Sea Ray, 10M32 is the number assigned by Sea Ray and 017X is the date of manufacturer. I suspect the last one (x) is a 9 which would make the last four 0179. Which is January 79 which makes it a 79 model (model year back then was from Aug 1 to July 31 of the next year, in this case Aug 1978 to July 79. Makes it a 79 model.
     

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