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Frequently Asked

Q) What is included in the report?

We search 30+ databases and those databases will check many categories including Accidents, Total Loss, Salvage, Recalls, theft and many more as described on the order page.

Q) Where is my report?

After payment you will receive an order number instantly. Use this to login and run your report on our website. If you already ran your report but forgot to download it, please check the archive page here (https://boat-alert.com/archive/) as the report remains there online for 60 days; or email support for help.

Not included in any report from any boat history company:
  • Boat Maintenance and service records
  • Boat Owner names from states that ban this
  • Certified Marine Surveyors
  • Boat Engine info
  • Length of boat
  • Boat Warranty Claims or Insurance Claims
  • Boat Environmental lien
  • Boat Equipment check and motor VIN number
  • Canadian Pleasure Craft Licences PCL in each province

As it turns out companies are not allowed to include owners names and addresses due to the 1994 Privacy Protection Act that prohibits third parties from distributing such information. There are exceptions in some states and if the vessel has been documented with the US Coast Guard we can get the owner names in certain historical cases.

We checked 30+ databases with many categories but we cannot guarantee how much information will be found for your boat. We have a 60 day money back guarantee so if you are not satisfied with the search that we did reach out to customer service for an instant refund. .

We search 30+ databases and more categories while having a lower price and a longer satisfaction guarantee. Our 10 reports plan does not expire. For a detailed comparison see this table here.

Q) What are the prices for boat history reports?

$19.99 USD for one report and 39.99 for 10 reports. Credits do not expire so you can use them any time.

Congrats! A clean report is a good thing. It means that in 30+ databases there was no negative event found. Your report from Boat Alert History Report is the first step in buying your boat. If your report came back clean, that is good news! We suggest that you next do a detailed survey by a certified surveyor to ensure you uncover any unreported problems and and to better evaluate the exact current condition of the vessel as not everything can be seen by computers! We also suggest ordering reports from all the boat history companies if your budget allows as no one company has all the information. The combination of all reports and a survey is the safest way to cover your bases. All history report companies are limited to information that was reported to our sources. It is impossible to know every event in a vessels life but we do our best to gather as much information as possible without using black magic.

If the system is indicating that you have an invalid HIN, then it is important to check it again. Either there is a typo in the first few letters (manufacturer code) or the rest of the HIN is not structured correctly. All vessels manufactured for consumption within the United States after November 1, 1972 are required to have a twelve character hull identification number which must be formatted according to the charts shown here.

The HIN shall be located where it is clearly visible when the vessel is in the water, namely, on the upper starboard quarter of the outside surface of the transom or if the vessel has no transom, on the uppermost starboard side at the aft end of the hull. The hull identification number (HIN) on all boats built after November 1, 1972 is permanently affixed to the rear of the transom usually on the upper right corner. It is required by federal law and must appear on the registration application.

Many people confuse Canadian and American Terminology:
1-Canadian Licensing is similar to the U.S. boat registration at State levels. It is for tax purposes mainly in the province. You will see the letters of the province in the licence number usually. Display your PCL number on both sides of the bow.

2-Canadian Registration on the other hand is similar to U.S. documentation at the federal level, and is designed for commercial vessels and ships. It costs more in legal fees to register a boat.

Boat-Alert focuses on USA boats but we do search the registered Canadian vessels. We do not currently search for PCL boats. Having said that, when it comes to theft search within the RCMP boat theft database, we search any HIN regardless if it was PCL or registered.

All pleasure craft powered by an engine of 10 horsepower or more are required to have a Pleasure Craft License (PCL) issued by Transport Canada unless they have a vessel registration. The process to attain a new PCL, or to transfer one, is done online within 90 days of purchasing a boat. A PCL is free of charge and is good for ten years. If you move or any of your information changes during that time, you are responsible for updating your license information. You can renew or apply here: https://www.pcl-pep.snbservices.ca/1001/pubweb/default.aspx?lang=en-CA