Our Story

BoatAlert exists to aggregate boat databases so that shoppers can buy a boat safely and efficiently while saving time and money researching a used boat's history.

It all started in 2009, when Mr. Kabbani. was looking to buy his first used car and had a limited budget for it. (More about boats in a bit). Since this car was to last him for years to come, he wanted to know more about its past; had it been in an accident before or was it stolen? He looked into getting a report through Carfax.com but it was just too expensive for him. So Mr. Kabbani started to research public databases to find out more about this car and was able to uncover so much more about his potential set of wheels - and all for a fraction of a cost than using Carfax! But it took a lot of time. He then taught himself to code and decided to put his data expertise to help others like himself by launching VinAlert.com, a website that provides affordable and informative car reports from the federal government and DMV's.


A few years later, Mr. Kabbani learned that people looking to buy used boats had it even worse. They had no central place to learn more about specific boats and there was no VIN Decoder for boat HIN's. It was a mess in the boat industry! If anyone wanted to find out if a boat had been in an accident, their only choice was to contact the military! So to help boat aficionados, Mr. Kabbani launched HINdecoder.com in 2012 and then Boat-Alert.com in 2015 with the aim of consolidating all the public and private databases into one automatic and instant report.

Since then, Boat Alert has been selling fully comprehensive boat history reports in the US. Boat Alert reports factor in 90+ different database points, making those reports the best in the boat industry with the most categories being checked. Boat Alert keeps its business costs low to pass on the savings to boat enthusiasts, who can order reliable boat reports at a more affordable price. The top three things that set us apart from the rest are: 1) Price, 2) Number of databases, and 3) A 60-day money back guarantee.


Boat Alert's #1 priority is helping clients make one of the most important purchase decisions in their lives. The new owners and their team stand by their reports 100% so they are happy to offer a 60-day money back guarantee - no questions asked. Though if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to them since they are here to help. The Support team replies almost instantly and is proud to have served more than 15,000 customers!

We know you don't do this often and hope you will think of us when you need a boat history report. Two percent of all proceeds go to charity.

We value fair treatment of employees, customer satisfaction, having the most databases possible and fast customer service at the core of our brand. We put together a short video here showcasing our databases and satisfaction guarantee nuances.

Each Report Checks For:

Whats included (when available).

What's included in the search:

  • Accident Checks USA
  • Pollution Incidents USA
  • Theft Check USA & International
  • Salvage & Total Loss USA
  • NMVTIS Check 45 States
  • Boat Recalls
  • Year Validation
  • Auctioned Vessels
  • Abandonment or Misappropriation
  • Manufacturer Data Validation
  • Model Name Exact or Close
  • HIN Validation
  • USA Registration if available
  • Some Lien databases
  • Claims and State Issued HIN's
  • Full HIN Decoder
  • Boat Value Calculator
  • Previous Boat Names
  • USA Documentation Numbers
  • Cross Check Official numbers
  • Canadian Registration (Federal)
  • Canadian Licencing PCL (Provincial)
  • Canadian Theft Database