Damn! From what I am reading all new boats are unsinkable! Is this really what I am reading? A little Whipray or Gheenoe cannot be sunk?
Pretty much, but that doesn't mean they can't be swamped or capsized. Still lots of danger if not operated carefully. The foam will keep the hull floating, but nothing is foolproof.
I don't think a manufacturer can get HIN's without being certified and inspected.
You can get your HIN mfg code from the CG by filling out a simple form, nothing of which on that form requires someone to provide anything that would indicate they have some ability to build a boat.
Used to be they would send along a book detailing what laws a mfg must meet, then it was a CD and now they send along the website link. The CG should visit and inspect each mfg every year, but at Ankona we had our visit last month, first one in 2 1/2 years.
Don't think that the CG is the first line of defense for a consumer getting a quality product. They tell you the laws and expect you to build accordingly and they will get by sooner or later to check up on you. Until then ...??