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Re: VHF Protocol
I believe that's only required for commercial vessels, which also must have the name on the port and starboard bow. For recreational boats it just has to be clearly visible on the hull somewhere.
"FEDERALLY DOCUMENTED VESSELS -- The Requirements Are:
The Name of Vessel and Hailing Port, to include City and State, must be located TOGETHER on some clearly visible exterior part of the hull. The letters and numbers can be made by the use of any means and materials which result in durable markings. They must be made in clearly legible letters of the Latin alphabet or Arabic or Roman numbers, all of which are NOT LESS THAN FOUR (4) INCHES IN HEIGHT (all characters). Above reviewed by the United States Coast Guard office of Boating Safety on: 12/16/04"
Not sure, but for State registered vessels, I figure the display of the numbers is more proscribed than display of the boat name.
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