The boat’s identification number specifies the boat model, model year and year of production, among other things. Officially, the identification number is known by the acronym ‘WIN’.
In Buster boats, the identification number is located in the transom. It is also machine-engraved in each boat, on the surface of the bow deck. The identification number facilitates easy identification of the boat’s production year and model year, even on older boats.
The number is currently known as Watercraft Identification Number, or ‘WIN’. The formerly used terms ‘CIN’ and ‘HIN’ stand for exactly the same thing. The identification system is compliant with the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) of the European Union, applied since 1998.
For example, if your boat’s transom has been engraved with FI-BUSA0001K506, you will find the following information in it:
The serial number does not indicate the production volumes of individual boat models, because the numbering may have been changed from one month to the next.
|A0001||Serial number, in which the first letter indicates the boat model ('A’ for Magnum)|
|K||Production month ('K' for November)|
|5||Production year (2005)|
|06||Model year (2006)|
|A||Buster Magnum (1992–)|
|C||Buster Le (2014–)|
|G||Buster Magnum M5 (2015–)|
|M||Buster SuperMagnum (2013–)|
|N||Buster Mini (2013–)|
|R||Buster L (2010–)|
|T||Buster Magnum Pro (2011–)|
|V||Buster Magnum E (2016–)|
|W||Buster XXL AWC, Buster Cabin (2008–2015), Buster Cabin E (2016–)|
|C||Buster L (-2009)|
|L||Buster L Pro (-2014)|
|L||Buster L Professional (-2011)|
|P||Buster XLe Convertible (-2015)|
|P||Drive 56 (-2013)|
|U||Drive 50 (-2013)|
|V||Drive 46 (-2013)|
|Y||Drive 42 (2012–2013)|
Before the introduction of RCD-compliant ‘HIN’, ‘CIN’ and ‘WIN’, Buster applied its own numbering system, as did other boat manufacturers.
In the model years 1994 to 1997, the manufacturing number of Buster boats was of the form ‘BUS FI A 01 E394’, indicating the following:
|C, D, E||Buster L|
|G, H, J||Buster RS|
|K, L, P||Sun Buster|
|N||Buster Special IT|
|S, T||Buster S|
In the model years 1977 to 1993, the identification number of Buster boats was of the form ‘A 01 2 345’, indicating the following:
In the boat models Mini, Sun, Buster, R, RS, Big, XL and Magnum, the identification number is located at the top edge of the boat’s left side, above the aft bench. In the boat models Ro and Mix, it is located on top of the transom shield, and from 1992 onwards, on top of the right side.
|3||Buster R (-1984)|
|3||Buster RS (1985–1996)|
|5||Sun Buster R|
More information on older Buster models is available on Buster’s web site on the ‘Models through the years’ page