I contacted Polar Kraft and they told me on a 1973, it should be stamped onto a small plate on the right side of the transom. There was a plate riveted in (very small and cheaply done) so I didn't think that was it at first but it turned out to be it. That is the number that the boat had on it's original registration as the HIN for the state of Alabama. They told me at the license commissioner's office that they had adopted a new system and that it wouldn't let them proceed with the registration without a 12 digit number (which it was not) so I had to apply for a new HIN through the Marine Police Division in Montgomery, Alabama. It states on the application that it could take 4-6 weeks to complete. I overnighted the application including all the necessary paperwork and a letter explaining to them that I had visited the license commissioners office in Tuscaloosa 4-5 times in the past two months and they basically kept giving me the runaround until I asked to speak to a supervisor and then on my 5th visit he finally mentioned this form. If anyone who I had dealt with had just informed me of this on my first or even my second visit, I would've had it in plenty of time but now I run the risk of legally missing out on opening morning or even the entire first week because of the laziness of our "great state employees." (Even though if they do not complete it, I will be out there. I'm not going to let their stupidity stop me from the sport I love. If I get a ticket, I get a ticket.) Roll Tide!
"At some places they play football, At Alabama We Live It!"