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Old 04-20-2016, 11:00 AM   #21
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This is how we do it. No issues in the last couple of years.

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Old 04-20-2016, 11:05 AM   #22
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The name and hailing port of a recreational vessel must be marked together on some clearly visible exterior part of the hull. The vessel name of a commercial vessel must also be marked on the port and starboard bow and the vessel name and the hailing port must also be marked on the stern. All markings may be made by any means and materials that result in durable markings and must be at least four inches in height, made in clearly legible letters of the Latin alphabet or Arabic or Roman numerals. The "hailing port" must include both a place and a State, Territory, or possession of in the United States. The state may be abbreviated.

Obviously this is only applicable to documented boats. The ability to read the name is necessary due to no numbers. The numbers on a boat not documented are on the bow. It's just most do it on the stern, but can be on the bow. However, the size is a firm requirement.

Have I ever seen anyone have a problem with them not being legible? In the US, no. However, if you had other issues and the LEO was already not pleased with you, then an easy ticket. And I did hear a boat in the BVI given a firm scolding over the radio and told to pull to shore for a complete inspection. The LEO was just upset because he had no way to hail the boat. What got the LEO's attention however was how close the cruiser ran to a small sailboat. It started something like "Cruiser who just passed sailboat." Then was "White 50' or so cruiser making huge wake that just passed sailboat." Then next was more like "White boat with no visible name and dinghy on stern and idiot skipper, respond now or you will be boarded immediately." So the name not being visible wasn't the initial issue but was very annoying to the LEO.
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:28 AM   #23
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:30 AM   #24
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Never dinged over 20 years with "covered name" , don't get me wrong, I think its a good idea putting it on the bottom the dingy, just ours in in the water a lot, meaning needs a good hard scrubbing, or driven up on the beach for the dog.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:11 PM   #25
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........... "White boat with no visible name and dinghy on stern and idiot skipper, respond now or you will be boarded immediately." .
Well, that was very unprofessional of the LEO. What if the operator didn't have a VHF on?
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:13 PM   #26
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Strange looking boat. Endeavour?
Good eye, Dude. Endeavour 40 original style without the Skylounge. Not too many of them.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:25 PM   #27
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That sticker and a Florida cruising permit sticker on your window seems to satisfy them as several times they have cruised alongside, seem to look at the stickers, wave and take off to the next boat.
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What the heck is a cruising permit?????
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:50 PM   #28
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The simple system it for boats to pass rationally , with no need for endless radio chatter,
The "radio chatter" is to arrange for a slow pass and on which side. The VHF allows for much better communications than whistle signals. In my experience, most folks are simple and direct and the "chatter" lasts only a few seconds.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for even thinking about this, and especially for taking steps to make you boat's name visible. I found it so incredibly annoying on the ICW when boat's names were obscured or illegible. You want to hail people to arrange a civilized pass, but half the boats are unidentifiable. I was always tempted to wake them, but never did.....

Based on the number of boats I saw with obscured names, I doubt you will have any issue with law enforcement.

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Old 04-20-2016, 03:19 PM   #30
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News to me. And I live in FL.
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News to me. And I live in FL.
I think he's referring to the Sojourner's Permit. If you're registered in another state, you may normally stay in Florida without registering for 90 days. You may then register for an additional period of time if you do intend to take your vessel back to your home state.

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"You want to hail people to arrange a civilized pass, but half the boats are unidentifiable."

The simple system it for boats to pass rationally , with no need for endless radio chatter,




Once again, you are a funny guy!
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Where are you getting your lettering for bottom of dingy.
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I believe BandB got it with the Sojourner's Permit.
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Where are you getting your lettering for bottom of dingy.
Any sign store that does vinyl letters or the Internet.
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I believe BandB got it with the Sojourner's Permit.
While I'm assuming you're joking, that is just a FL state registration sticker.
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If you're state-registered and not USCG documented (meaning registration numbers on the bow), it's not an issue.

Regardless, a visible boat name is handy when a passing-from-behind boat wishes to give warning.

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While I'm assuming you're joking, that is just a FL state registration sticker.
Actually it may not be. A Sojourner's permit looks like a state registration but doesn't involve sales tax and doesn't involve titling in the state. He's not joking. Go to the link I posted. It is just a unique classification of a registration. Since you and I live in FL we'd have no need for them, but many who visit here for extended periods do get them.
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Actually it may not be. A Sojourner's permit looks like a state registration but doesn't involve sales tax and doesn't involve titling in the state. He's not joking. Go to the link I posted. It is just a unique classification of a registration. Since you and I live in FL we'd have no need for them, but many who visit here for extended periods do get them.
I've heard of that. But I wasn't aware of that correct name for it nor that you got a sticker that looks similar to the state registration sticker.

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A vessel's name and hailing port on its stern is mandated by the USCG on documented vessels. They regulate lettering size and font. They do not enforce visibility from the stern. If there was a law governing that function, it would be regulated by the states and I am not aware of any state that requires a vessel to be named. So therefore, there is no problem. An overtaking vessel would simply refer to you as "recreational vessel on my bow" and pass you on the agreed 1 or 2 whistle. You're good to go.
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