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Old 21-03-2011, 19:16   #16
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Re: Where do you keep the registration for the dink?

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Live in Texas,
You have to register the dinghy and the outboard motor separately.

I keep laminated copies inside a Zip[ock bag secured inside the outboard motor...
+1... under the cowl
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Old 21-03-2011, 19:25   #17
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+1... under the cowl

So when they steal it they are good to go if questioned.

Along with some personal info.
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Old 21-03-2011, 19:31   #18
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Don't have to register dinks.... live in the land of the FREE....
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Old 21-03-2011, 20:07   #19
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Re: Where do you keep the registration for the dink?

I've never been pressed for that, if the tender has numbers and the state sticker.

What they do want is your fishing permit and operators permit (for the kids--I'm too old). We keep copies in a zip-lock cable tied under the seat. This has worked fine, for years.

It seems several times each year they do a dragnet for small boats and jet skis. They are pretty calm with the tenders if you have the requirements (PFDs, horn, permits) and even if you are missing something ("oops, I left my permit on the big boat"); it's the jet skis they target.
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Old 21-03-2011, 21:20   #20
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Re: Where do you keep the registration for the dink?

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In California you don't IF it isn't powered by motor or sails. Rowboats aren't registered here. Perhaps in your state if you chuck the outboard/sails, you won't need to have your dinghy registered.

OK, Pete, just noticed you're in the UK.

In California, whether your boat is US documented or State registered has no affect on the dinghy's state registration requirement.

Back in the early '90's on the way to Mexico, when we got to Newport Beach we faked our dinghy numbers. We did this after hearing about the local water cops being shall we say, "Agressive" about having registration numbers prominently displayed.
We were "legal" in their eyes, even though the numbers were fictional.
They consisted of our previous state letters, 4 digit street address, and our first name initials or some such. Worked like a charm.

My real question to all this is, what the hell has this got to do with anything in their jurisdiction? they aren't getting any tax money from someone with or without rubber stickers on their boats? It's just a way to exact more $$ from someone who hasn't paid some other jurisdiction a pound of flesh.

I posted this story a few years ago and got heat from some regulation loving CF moderator who will be contacting me again for being "political"...

What this may have to do with anything political, rather than criminal extortion remains to me, a mystery.
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I have a key chain that has a sealed compartment that I keep my registration and a whistle. I have this attached to my kill switch lanyard. If I didn't I'ld never remember to bring either of them. West Marine sells one similar to mine for about $7. ORION Orion Safe at West Marine
Great idea! That's exactly why I keep it in the boat. I'd forget it every time if I didn't.
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Re: Where do you keep the registration for the dink?

Only personal info on my registration is my name. Could find that out online using registration numbers on the dinghy in a few minutes.
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