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Old 03-12-2014, 08:47 PM   #41
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And I'm sure the USCG has bigger fish to fry than being the "Name Police".
It's all up to the boatswain's mate's whim!

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Old 03-12-2014, 09:00 PM   #42
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That being said, we have our name (In addition to the transom) on the bottom or our inflatable so that it is visible from astern. Mainly for other boaters to be able to communicate with us by name.
I want to thank you for doing that. It's so much easier to be safe and courteous when you can easily call another boat by name.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:00 PM   #43
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When I documented my boat, I did not want to use Wilmington NC (near, but actually don't live in the city) or Wrightsville Beach (near also, but that area has a rep of being a bit snooty). I actually live on what is called "Middle Sound". I asked a documenting agent and they said I had to use some sort of major port town. Hmmm. Not satisfied, I asked the CG if I could use Middle Sound. They said as long as it was identifiable on a nav chart, it was ok. So that's what I put on the paperwork and it came through no trouble.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:01 PM   #44
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And I'm sure the USCG has bigger fish to fry than being the "Name Police".
Like nav light screen board colors...
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:02 PM   #45
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When I documented my boat, I did not want to use Wilmington NC (near, but actually don't live in the city) or Wrightsville Beach (near also, but that area has a rep of being a bit snooty). I actually live on what is called "Middle Sound". I asked a documenting agent and they said I had to use some sort of major port town. Hmmm. Not satisfied, I asked the CG if I could use Middle Sound. They said as long as it was identifiable on a nav chart, it was ok. So that's what I put on the paperwork and it came through no trouble.
That's a pretty boat!
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:10 PM   #46
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I pay the same property tax in CA on my documented vessel as state registered vessels pay. I've not heard of a federal property tax....yet.
They were exempt from state property tax, may be true maybe bulls%*t, no 1st hand knowledge here. I did pay tax on it in Kansas but I'am now in Illinois and they have no property tax on boats.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:23 PM   #47
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They were exempt from state property tax, may be true maybe bulls%*t, no 1st hand knowledge here. I did pay tax on it in Kansas but I'am now in Illinois and they have no property tax on boats.
I can only speak to my experience here in CA. I paid state sales tax and the annual state property tax.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:45 AM   #48
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same here, Al.
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Old 03-14-2014, 06:45 AM   #49
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And I'm sure the USCG has bigger fish to fry than being the "Name Police".

SURE!

Checking the potty discharge and the date on flairs and fire extinguishers is really critical.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:53 AM   #50
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OK, so what are the advantages to the recreational boater of USCG documentation vs. State registration?
In NY, mostly for the bank's benefit if you have a loan on the boat. In NY, you are required to register your boat with the state regardless of documentation and display the state sticker (no reg numbers). Sales tax is always paid, no exemptions for documented boats. We do not pay personal property tax.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:25 PM   #51
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Lookin' around the yacht club marina yesterday and noticed many vessels with improper home port names. Letters smaller than 4" were common, but the biggest boo boos were the lack of state abbreviations, including on our club commodore's boat. Don't know if the coasties would make a big deal out of home ports blocked by dinghies, but there were a number of them, too.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:31 PM   #52
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No harm if state registration numbers and stickers are shown.
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:55 PM   #53
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I'm lookin' at documented vessels.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:38 PM   #54
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In our area the Coast Guard makes a semi big deal out of dinghies blocking the name and hailing port. They generally only issue a warning but they do advise that it will be ticketed in the future. It's no different than an auto with cardboard over the license plate except the intent isn't generally the same.

They also do the same on undersized and unclear.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:25 PM   #55
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I'm lookin' at documented vessels.
My conclusion is that your local USCG (wherever the heck that is), cares diddly about the lettering of presumably documented boats.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:58 PM   #56
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In our area the Coast Guard makes a semi big deal out of dinghies blocking the name and hailing port. They generally only issue a warning but they do advise that it will be ticketed in the future. It's no different than an auto with cardboard over the license plate except the intent isn't generally the same.

They also do the same on undersized and unclear.
Where exactly is your area? That would be nice to know for reference. Then it would be helpful.

And, cardboard over a license plate? Where in the hell can you get away with a warning on that?
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Where exactly is your area? That would be nice to know for reference. Then it would be helpful.

And, cardboard over a license plate? Where in the hell can you get away with a warning on that?
South Florida. And you can't get away with cardboard over a license plate. Nor a dinghy over the name and hailing port. They are very nice about the dinghy as they realize people aren't trying to pull anything, just not thinking. Sure a lot easier when you're about to pass someone on the ICW to be able to call their name than call them that "slow big white boat."
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:12 AM   #58
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So, branching off just a little from the original point, anyone have good ideas for getting the name to stay on the hull of a RIB dinghy?

We had a vinyl graphic made for the transom, but I doubt it would survive long on the bottom of a dinghy. Paint seems the only other option, but it won't look good.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:37 AM   #59
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:27 PM   #60
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if fabric .....the technique I like is to use stick on letters, box it out with tape, spray with fabric paint and remove the stick on letters...name is outlined in paint and the taped box makes it a little neater...but some artistic creativity could used feathered edges too....
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