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Old 11-08-2011, 07:43   #1
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Boat Stamp

I'm thinking of having a boat stamp made in order to stamp all of the Offical papers that I may have to sign while on board the S/V Rapture.
May a two to two & half inch diameter Stamp with the boat's name and number as part of the border, and a signature/date line crossing the center.

Does anyone here think this is a good Idea? And does anyone here have a stamp pacifically for their boat? And if you don't have one will you acquire said stamp?

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Old 11-08-2011, 07:49   #2
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Re: Boat Stamp

great idea -- every country we have been to this year love to stamp just about everything -- i wish we had one as down here they seem to be something that is official -- when we left fla we got a dock master to sign a zarpe we made up -- he signed it but did not stamp it so the port capt in mexico would not accept it as it was not stamped and warned us that if we came into mexico again with an unstamped zarpe we would be fined
get the stamp and stamp everything you got - it will really impress the gov't folks down here -

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Old 11-08-2011, 08:08   #3
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We have both a boat stamp and an embossing tool like Notary Public's use. Anytime I sign boat documents, I will emboss over my signature. Have only had 1 time where officials wouldn't let me, most places like the idea.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:19   #4
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Had my boat stamp made 20 years ago after many dealings with Mexican port authorities. Made in San Diego about 1 1/2 inches in diameter with boat name and doc#, room in center of the stamp for date and signature. I stamped every document exchanged with authorities in foreign ports. That, and showing up clean and presentable, went a long way to easing through the sometimes laborious process of entry and leaving port. Also included an embossing hand press on certain documents as Unicorn Dreams outlined above... particularly helpful when dealing with legal folks outside the US such as Notario Publico's in Mexico. Capt Phil
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:40   #5
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Re: Boat Stamp

Mine is boat name in the middle and hailing port, country and reg number on the border.

Some Asian countries it very importnat to have one. Its not obligitory but they seem to think you think they are more important if you stamp their paperwork. Go figure!

Someone told me they bought some small reflective self adhesive stickers - like what kids might use on a school book. He signs, then sticks the sticker on then stamps partialy over it.... the officails go crazy with delight!

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Old 11-08-2011, 11:53   #6
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We used our a lot in Central America. We had cleared into Cuba. Everything was done and all officials had left when the very first guy, the immigration guy came walking back down the dock. I was sure it was trouble coming but he had just seen the customs guys paperwork and wanted his forms stamped too!
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Old 11-08-2011, 14:44   #7
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Mine will be in wax, if it's good enough for the Queen of Spain, it's good enough for me!

Good idea, I can see where some would be impressed.
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Old 11-08-2011, 15:29   #8
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Wished we had one checking into Ecuador. 50 signatures!!! Had one made in the Marshalls, but haven't used it much except for stamping paper back books we trade. Sounds like I'll be digging it out next month for Indonesia, Malasia and Thailand.
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Old 11-08-2011, 17:00   #9
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I wish I could collect the stamps the ship masters use to stamp some of the forms I see. Unfortunately creating holes in the forms is frowned upon.
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Old 11-08-2011, 17:24   #10
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In use a nice design I made with the boat name and rope looking border, as a sticker, 90 of them for 4 something from a company called

I also had some nice cards made with a photo of the boat to use a thank you cards and compliment slips... seems to make people feel special and official people think you are more important.

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Old 17-08-2011, 17:29   #11
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I have and embossing seal. Outer ring has USCG # and Boat VIN #. Inner ring has Boat Make LOA and city/state of registration. Inner center is the boat name. All official docs are sealed.
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Old 17-08-2011, 18:58   #12
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I don't see examples of any of this. It's all theoretical to me
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Old 26-06-2014, 10:55   #13
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Try YACHTSTAMP.COM they made mine.
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Re: Boat Stamp

Thank you for sharing callisto's stamps. I recently read an old article (I think in cruising world) regarding clearing in and out and added a ship's stamp to the to do list.

We are in Kemah too...btw! Our boat will not be registered there, and I am sure you are not there now.

I had a custom stamp made for our wedding, I think from Just send any jpg and they will make it.

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Re: Boat Stamp

This is a great idea, but I'm pretty cheap! Maybe the next time I visit the grocery store I'll take a piece of waxed paper and peel off a bunch of those stickers on the produce. These are a collection of fairly official looking stickers with a variety of languages and bound to impress any bureaucrat as long as I cross the languages and avoid the Chiquita Banana stickers!

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