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Old 09-19-2012, 04:10 PM   #20
City: North Charleston, SC
Country: USA
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Originally Posted by sunchaser View Post
The standard world wide convention is name and hailing port on the stern of the mother ship. Today the US, Canada and Mexico Coast Guards are really watching names, flags and hailing ports and plugging same into their on board computers to verify authenticity. If they can't see the name and port they get frazzled and will pull you over, .
That has not been my experience at all. Many, perhaps the majority of recreational boats are not documented, just state registered, so they may or may not have a name on the hull, it has no requirements as to size or font, and it is not recorded in any database.

The USCG and local authorities in my area don't even seem to stop boats with no identification whatsoever.
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