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Old 13-12-2012, 21:19   #16
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Re: How Serious the CG?

We just made the interior numbers into artwork. 4" as required carved in. Black walnut with gold leaf lettering. Mid 1900's Mexican compass point coins over the screws.

Outside - We got Traverse City, Mi on that nipped in stern at 4" with a bit of planning.

Boat name - short, economic at cost per letter; easy to say on the radio and easy to hear and understand. (Also mother-in-law's name)
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Doc. no. with stickers is ok if you paint some clear epoxy over them - easiest way.
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Doc. no. with stickers is ok if you paint some clear epoxy over them - easiest way.
We put a single layer of fiberglass over the stickers. You can see right through it, and it becomes difficult for a thief to cover it with paint, because the fiberglass will still show up.
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As if none of us have ever stolen a police car and filed and filled and buffed the VIN number off, invisibly.
Well I know I haven't, and I'm assuming most others on this forum haven't. Had a chequered past?
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Old 13-12-2012, 23:19   #20
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We just made the interior numbers into artwork. 4" as required carved in. Black walnut with gold leaf lettering. Mid 1900's Mexican compass point coins over the screws.
Nice artwork, but easily removed.
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One season on a Nebraska lake, and the Coast Guard Axillary has said nothing. I guess I had best read up on the regulations and get compliant.

Only lettering affixed to the inside of my sailboat was a dumb looking rubber engraved raised lettering plaque saying at what distance from shore I could dump trash. As my shoreline is always close by, seemed like inappropriate signage so I removed it.
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Re: How Serious the CG?

Some say this isn't good enough, but its removal would definitely leave a scar.

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Re: How Serious the CG?

What about foreign boats? I plan on cruising the ICW and the US coast when we get over there. What regulations does the CG require me to adhere to?

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Nice artwork, but easily removed.
yes, but leaves a mark.

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The official number assigned to documented vessels, preceded by the abbreviation "NO." must be marked in block-type Arabic numerals at least three inches high on some clearly visible interior structural part of the hull. The number must be permanently affixed so that alteration, removal, or replacement would be obvious and cause some scarring or damage to the surrounding hull area.
The name and hailing port of a recreational vessel must be marked together on some clearly visible exterior part of the hull. The vessel name of a commercial vessel must also be marked on the port and starboard bow and the vessel name and the hailing port must also be marked on the stern. All markings may be made by any means and materials that result in durable markings and must be at least four inches in height, made in clearly legible letters of the Latin alphabet or Arabic or Roman numerals. The "hailing port" must include both a place and a State, Territory, or possession of in the United States. The state may be abbreviated.
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Re: How Serious the CG?

Have transom mounted rudder. Hailing port name has 9 letters. At 4in that is 36 inches only 24in available per side. Guess I need a bigger boat or have to change my hailing port to something like Rio.
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Have transom mounted rudder. Hailing port name has 9 letters. At 4in that is 36 inches only 24in available per side. Guess I need a bigger boat or have to change my hailing port to something like Rio.
Actually, you're supposed to include the state abbrev, so your hailing port has 12 letters: "Cambridge MD". Even if you started on one side of the rudder and continued on the other, you would only barely have enough room.

On a smaller boat, the 4" requirement is just not practical. I suggest moving to Rio.
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Re: How Serious the CG?

permanent mark is kinda important if the boat ever gets stolen -- down here in the carib a couple have been stolen, names changed and a few coins and paperwork gets processed -- check out the don north story - i know the guy who killed him changed the boat name and port and they had to board to really determine it was his
we put our number inside a cockpit locker with lettering - then with a dramel outlined all the letters and at spots put in tiny divits - to cover it one would have to reglass the entire area

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If you change home ports do you have to change the lettering. Just curious.
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Hmmm? So what size does the vessel need to be to apply?

What about no name boats?

I have only been stoped for inspections by state water patrols. They never asked about weapons/guns. So what if you do have a gun on board? So what? So what happened to the land of the free stuff I was told and being free when you cruise, sounds worse than DWI check points in the car.

And, are you expected to change fonts, style, sizes from state to state if they vary? I always thought it was uniform and accepted by all states, like a license plate on your car. One state may only require a rear plate, some front and rear, but you don't get stoped for one plate in a two plates state if that is all that is required where it is registered.

If that's the case that's a mess!
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You can put any home port on there as long as it is in the US list of place names. Must include the city and state, which may be abbreviated. It doens't have to be the place you actually keep your boat or the place you actually live. Yes, if you change the name on your documentation, which costs like $100 to do, you have to change the name on the boat lettering. The CG has checked my document against what is written on the boat, though I don't believe they ever measured the size of the letters. I would still go for 4 inches just to avoid any possible hassle--no need to give someone an excuse to take a bad day out on you.
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