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Proper registration and display of your marine vessel

March 14, 2014

Now that we're back in the game and we've got our boats in the water, I've noticed a few folks without the updated stickers necessary to avoid the water patrols. To avoid fines and embarrassment of improperly taking care of your boating duties, most states/ territories have similar laws which are generalized in the following suggestion:

Most registration requirements request:

1.The figures are to be read from left to right.

2.They must be displayed on the forward half of each side of the bow of the boat.

3.Numbers must be bold, block letters of good proportion.

4.Numbers must not be less than three inches high.

5.They must be of contrasting color to the boat hull or background.

6.They must be as high above the waterline as practical.

7.No number other than the number assigned can be displayed on the forward half of the vessel.

8.Letters must be separated from numbers by spaces or hyphens.

9.Validation decals must be three inches to the right of the last letter displayed.

10.Boat Certificate of Registration must be carried on vessel when being operated.

By allowing yourself to be properly documented, you'll risk less of a chance of being boarded by your local authorities or the US Coast Guard. Regardless of your reasons, it's often illegal to improperly display your registration number. And the most basic rules always apply, life saving equipment should always come first when operating around water. Just a few suggestions from your friends at

Source: Thomas Murray. Co-Owner


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