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Old 08-30-2018, 10:10 AM   #1
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Labeling the inflatable

Hello all,

I just retubed (not sure if this is a word) my inflatable. I now need to add the registration numbers and the sticker to the tubes. I do not have anywhere to attach a "plastic plate" to the tubes so I am left with affixing the numbers and stickers directly to the tubes.

Here is my question:
Can I use the black stick on numbers from West Marine or is there a better way to do it?


Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-30-2018, 10:32 AM   #2
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I think you’d have better luck painting them on. Maybe get a stencil made so it looks nice. MDR makes a paint that will work. Krylon makes a spray paint for plastic that will probably work, but I haven’t tried it.
https://www.jamestowndistributors.co...t.do?pid=13815

I tried putting self adhesive numbers on an inflatable once. They didn’t last long. I deflated mine often. They may have lasted longer on a boat that’s left inflated.
Your mileage may vary.
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Old 08-30-2018, 10:42 AM   #3
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I just put mine on a plate and flopped it over the side when motoring about. Probably not Totally legal, but never had an issue...
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Old 08-30-2018, 11:23 AM   #4
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pvc or hypalon?

I tried boards once, but they didn't agree with usage of the boat. Too many humans catching dive gear on the boards, going in/out. My avon numbers were painted, after 20 years faded out; but now has the hypalon letters basically superglued onto the tubes. Over 20 years, I have had to reglue some corners back on. OVerall, I'd say paint 'em on, as long as you haven't put any silicone on the tubes. Avon was made in 1976.
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I used the stencils and paint by MDR and it worked pretty well. After 5 years still in pretty good shape. I can recommend it.


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Wifey B: We don't deflate and have hypalon, so stick on's do pretty well and we keep extras on hand to replace any we lose.
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I use lexan panels to display my registration numbers and sticker. I've done this for over 10 years and have never had an issue with it.

Recently, my marina was inspected for vessel documentation and property tax requirements. Many vessels were cited for not having the numbers and current registration properly displayed. Many added similar lexan panels to their dock queen's rails to satisfy the display requirement.
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Do not be afraid to use vinyl numbers directly on the tubes. I always thought that the changing pressure of the tubes would wreak havoc with the vinyl numbers. They do not. I have never lost a number or letter since doing it this way for over 15 years(2 different dinghies). Now I am talking about the ones that you put on with soapy water....not just regular adhesive.
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Big, fat, Sharpie That's how it was when I got it, so I traced over them to touch them up...I guess I'll wait for the ticket if it comes
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Big, fat, Sharpie That's how it was when I got it, so I traced over them to touch them up...I guess I'll wait for the ticket if it comes
I used to use that method....it is quite faded within 6 months and unreadable within a year. That is with leaving the boat in the weather. If the boat is not left in the weather I would imagine it would last longer.
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OH, I forgot about the state regis sticker. That goes on my motor cowling.
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Do not be afraid to use vinyl numbers directly on the tubes. I always thought that the changing pressure of the tubes would wreak havoc with the vinyl numbers. They do not. I have never lost a number or letter since doing it this way for over 15 years(2 different dinghies). Now I am talking about the ones that you put on with soapy water....not just regular adhesive.
Wifey B: Those are the ones we use. I think we may have lost one letter on all our RIB's combined over 6 years and think that was from someone messing with it at a dinghy dock.
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I just used a stencil package and black spray paint.
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I would think black spray paint would fade just like a sharpie....unless of course the dinghy is not kept out in the weather.
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I've used these on my last three inflatables.



https://www.boatnumberplate.com/inc/sdetail/4110/4082



My only complaint is that if your dinghy is regularly tied up with a batch of other boats, as ours is, so that there's a lot of rubbing on the number plates from other boats , the numbers do wear off after a couple of years.
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I would think black spray paint would fade just like a sharpie....unless of course the dinghy is not kept out in the weather.
It weathered for 7 years and was still quite good and readable.

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I used exterior grade sign vinyl. It is much thinner than the vinyl in the numbers West Marine and hardware stores sell. My numbers have been on the dinghy 10 years and I haven't lost one. Just go to a sign shop and ask them to cut them for you. I made mine myself since I have a vinyl cutter.
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Inflatable Experts in Annapolis stocks neoprene stick on numbers. They last a LONG time, no comparison to the stick-on vinyl that will end up coming off. Sorry, but the sharpie numbers or the sprayed stencils look awful.



Defender has a registration sticker holder that you can affix to the dingy, it makes it easy to replace the sticker at renewal time. The holder has a raised frame that helps prevent the sticker from catching on stuff and getting ripped off. They also have a complete number frame available.
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I've used these on my last three inflatables.
https://www.boatnumberplate.com/inc/sdetail/4110/4082
+1 We're very happy with these.
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+1 We're very happy with these.



I got a set of those and they faded to unreadable after a couple years.
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