i bought a small aluminum boat . The previous owner and I went to the Dept. of Watercraft together. We had to show ID and the whole bit. I thought, and still do, that the guy was completely honest with me. Now for the rest of the story... As I was getting ready to remove the transducer from the transom, I noticed the HIN number seemed awefully dirty. I cleaned it and noticed that one number was hard to read. Oh crud! A stolen boat? Long story, short... I called the Sheriff's office and reported my findings. They are in the process of investigating the situation. My bad, I should know better. I should check, but you know how hindsight is. I might be out one boat.