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Old 02-08-2010, 12:18   #1
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Displaying USCG Documentation Number

I've seen previous discussions regarding appropriate methods of displaying Documentation No.'s. Several posts mentioned using vinyl numbers covered with resin.

My question is...what type of resin can you use over vinyl. Several places I've tried, tell me that all of the resins they sell would melt vinyl. Can someone please tell me what product will work?
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:21   #2
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I used a cheap vynyl resin from Ace hardware. Sorry don't have the name. It worked fine though
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I used West System epoxy over standard vinyl numbers with no problems whatsoever.
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i've always glassed a single sheet of fiberglass over the numbers. they show right through.
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REGISTRATION numbers (from a state) need to be shown on the bow (both sides) in letters and numbers of a specified size.

DOCUMENTATION numbers (from the Coast Guard) do NOT need to be shown on the exterior. Rather, the name and hailing port are on the exterior and the number is permanently attached to the inside in some way.

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Item 2 - Registration / Documentation:
Registration or Documentation papers must be on board and available. Documentation numbers must be permanently marked on a visible part of the interior structure. The documented boat's name and hailing port must be displayed on the exterior hull in letters not less than 4 inches in height. To be documented a boat must be 5 net tons or greater.

link http://www.vesselsafetycheck.org/what_is_vsc.asp
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REGISTRATION numbers (from a state) need to be shown on the bow (both sides) in letters and numbers of a specified size.
not sure if it applies to other states, but in Florida, if you are a US documented vessel you are required to register and show small sticker, but not required to show state numbers
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my boat lives in Maryland. The USCG never gave me any kind of sticker with my documentation - but the Maryland tax folks did and they sure do want you to prove you paid your taxes, whether you register the boat with them or not (I didnt - you can just do the coast guard documentation instead of state registration if you want but you still have to pay the tax)
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