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Old 09-01-2018, 10:42 PM   #21
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Having a manually-powered dinghy, I don't need to register or display numbers.

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Old 09-02-2018, 05:49 AM   #22
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I ordered regular Boat US boat name vinyl....on sale as it is now, its almost as inexpensive as the decent individual numbers.

Just slice the template to fit the curve.

Looks perfect after 3 years, no lifts, peels or bubbles....

The dingy remains rigidly inflated all year uncovered as it is used a lot.

I think the trick is to order the skinniest font available so if there is stress in the two materials, the vinyl numbers stretch and contract easily.
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Old 09-07-2018, 12:45 PM   #23
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You can order a name plate with your numbers on them and glue them on with inflatable glue. at my last inspection from the C.G. auxiliary. he said they must be permeability afixed to the tender
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:10 PM   #24
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Go to any sign shop that does mylar lettering, they can do #’s, colors, designs, etc in any size.
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Old 09-07-2018, 01:22 PM   #25
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I overheard our local harbormaster say to another boater to fix a plate below where motor is mounted on the inside for viewing with letters and decal ...so I did that and hope it will work !!!
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:04 PM   #26
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I overheard our local harbormaster say to another boater to fix a plate below where motor is mounted on the inside for viewing with letters and decal ...so I did that and hope it will work !!!
It won't if any LEO really cares...

Another disappointing harbomaster.

The regs clearly state vessel numbering.
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:16 PM   #27
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It won't if any LEO really cares...

Another disappointing harbomaster.

The regs clearly state vessel numbering.
Do they clearly state things about boats that are not documented??? Most dinghies obviously are not documented so therefore fall under the jurisdiction of the state.

Talking out of my ass here....
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:18 PM   #28
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Go to any sign shop that does mylar lettering, they can do #ís, colors, designs, etc in any size.
BINGO!!! Sign shops in boating areas are very familiar with boat numbering/lettering
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:22 PM   #29
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Do they clearly state things about boats that are not documented??? Most dinghies obviously are not documented so therefore fall under the jurisdiction of the state.

Talking out of my ass here....
There's an amazing consistency among the states. Here is FL, which is typical.
Registration numbers must be displayed on the forward half of the vessel on both sides above the waterline.

The numbers must be bold block letters at least 3" high in a color contrasting to the hull.

Letters must be separated from the numbers by a hyphen or space equal to letter width.
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:20 PM   #30
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I used custom made vinyl letters and numbers from Prizm Graphics in Seattle. This worked great.
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:57 PM   #31
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I overheard our local harbormaster say to another boater to fix a plate below where motor is mounted on the inside for viewing with letters and decal ...so I did that and hope it will work !!!
Outside on the transom makes way more sense than inside, and avoids inflatable tube pressure change issues. May infringe US location requirements but here,most tenders don`t require registration.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:50 PM   #32
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Having a manually-powered dinghy, I don't need to register or display numbers.


Just what I was thinking. I would rather row than have an explosive on board my boat.
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Old 09-08-2018, 08:38 AM   #33
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On the inside of the transom , has proven to be protected and visible yes not legal or correct at least on board .......
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:12 PM   #34
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On the inside of the transom , has proven to be protected and visible yes not legal or correct at least on board .......
Protected isn't the goal. Legal is. As to visible, it's not at all visible for it's intended purposes which is for law enforcement or anyone else to be able to quickly identify the boat, much like a license plate on a car. You can't drive your car around with the license plate sitting in the back seat and visible from the front seat. That doesn't work.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:00 PM   #35
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much like a license plate on a car. You can't drive your car around with the license plate sitting in the back seat and visible from the front seat. That doesn't work.

Well, maybe you can. I carry the front license plate of my Sky Roadster between the seats and if stopped I show it. The back one does not block air flow to the engine.
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Well, maybe you can. I carry the front license plate of my Sky Roadster between the seats and if stopped I show it. The back one does not block air flow to the engine.
Well, of course you CAN do anything you like, but that doesn't make it legal. There are no states in the USA where it is legal to display boat registration numbers on the transom, whether inside or outside. Every state has almost identical rules for the display of these numbers.

But, again, you CAN do whatever you like. Plenty of folks use "tender to" rather than a state registration when it's not legal to do so but no one has called them on it (yet).
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:23 AM   #37
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I did the Sharpie thing (actually Papermate permanent marker). Touched it up about once a year.

Seemed to get the job done. No one ever mentioned anything about it.
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:59 AM   #38
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Here in San Diego we have a sign shop that will make the registration number decals at no charge. I've had them on our inflatable dinghy for three years and they still look good.
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:56 PM   #39
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Here in San Diego we have a sign shop that will make the registration number decals at no charge. I've had them on our inflatable dinghy for three years and they still look good.

How do they stay in business? I need to use their business plan!!
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Old 09-09-2018, 01:46 PM   #40
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How do they stay in business? I need to use their business plan!!
Free? Oh that hurts. I'm feeling pain. lol. We won't do it free. Never even crossed our minds.
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