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Old 31-12-2006, 10:31   #1
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Speaking of Dinks

I've noticed that in different States/Countries that some dinks have to be registered. Here in Washington state it has to be 10'+ and/or 10 hp to require registration. But in Ak anything with a motor had to be registered.

When I've crossed over in to B.C., Canada they don't say anything about my dink's registration.

So what is the rule in your area????
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Old 31-12-2006, 10:34   #2
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Aloha Delmarrey,
Here in Hawaii it needs to be registered if you use an outboard regardless of length. If you just row or sail then anything 10' and over needs to be registered.
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Old 31-12-2006, 10:41   #3
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In Canada it's still under federal jurisdiction. Under 10 hp no licensing required. That's why we see all those 9.9 hp motors.
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Old 31-12-2006, 10:57   #4
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California is rumored to be anything over 8', but if you ask the DMV, they say if it has an engine. Does this exempt my previous boat? A 28' Cutter? Again, we go to the subjective enforcement. DMV person says yes. Ca law says no. Enforcement is selective as well. 9' inflateable, I was threatened with a ticket, even though I had no outboard on the boat. 9' Hard dinghy, no one seems to care.
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Kalifronia has more laws than the brain can comprehend

I've got 1) an 18' canoe and no one ever asks for registration on that. 2) trying to get registration on an inflatable was a matter of pulling teeth but with an engine I figured I needed it. 3) inflatable kayak 14' long who knows ( but won't till I'm asked to) Legally Kai is correct anything longer than 8' that is why El Toros and Optimist are so well liked.
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Old 31-12-2006, 12:49   #6
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The Ca DMV is the perfect model of a true beauracracy (sp?) The rules are there, but they seem to interpret them as they see fit. Since most of them are not boating people, their understanding of boats, and boat regs is VERY limited. To top it off, the local law enforcement is equally confused. They generally have to call on the Coast Guard to decide who has juristiction. I had no problem registering my inflateable, but when I tried to register the 9' dinghy, I was basically told I was wasting their time.
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Your vessel, whether commercial or recreational, must be registered in Maryland if it:
  • is equipped with any kind of primary or auxiliary mechanical propulsion;
  • is not currently registered with the U.S. Coast Guard (documented) and;
  • is being used principally in Maryland
There is a $2 title fee and a $24 registration fee (registration fee is waived if the vessel is under 16 feet or uses less than a 7.5HP motor)

You also have to pay a 5% excise tax when you register it the first time.

There is a $15 lein filing fee if that applies as well.

All in all not very expensive except for the excise tax.

Registration is good until December 31st of the following year.

Also in MD boats registered through the Department of Natural Resources not the MVA. MVA does handle trailers though.
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Old 31-12-2006, 15:04   #8
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In Florida, if it is powered (yep ... trolling motors too!) or over 16' it has to be registered. Thankfully ... it's cheap, my 9' Avon costs me $10 a year.
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Florida sounds pretty reasonable. Here in Hawaii even a Sunfish with no mechanical propulsion must be registered.
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Semantics I know, but has anyone ever gotten a clear definition of "Mechanical"? It seems to me that oars are a mechanical form of propulsion. Even a sail rig is mechanical. So far, the best the DMV can do is tell me it is mechanical if it runs on gas. I asked about diesel, and they had to agree that qualified as well. (Be glad you do not work at my local DMV )
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In Queensland, any boat can be used as a tender, and a tender doesn't have to be registered. It must be marked "Tender to .........", and can only be used within 2 nm of the "mothership". If you want to go beyond 2 nm then anything with more than 4 hp needs to be registered.
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That sounds very reasonable too.
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Semantics I know, but has anyone ever gotten a clear definition of "Mechanical"? It seems to me that oars are a mechanical form of propulsion. Even a sail rig is mechanical. So far, the best the DMV can do is tell me it is mechanical if it runs on gas. I asked about diesel, and they had to agree that qualified as well. (Be glad you do not work at my local DMV )
Any response to trolling or electric motors???
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Del, that was exactly where I was going. Leaving things like this open for interpretation is an invitation for problems by overzealous law enforcement.
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In Queensland, any boat can be used as a tender, and a tender doesn't have to be registered. It must be marked "Tender to .........", and can only be used within 2 nm of the "mothership". If you want to go beyond 2 nm then anything with more than 4 hp needs to be registered.
In UK a lot of people (including myself, do not put T/T and then the name of the mother ship cause that just tells thieves which boat is not attended. Mine has T/T and then the registration number clearly marked, but no name.
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