"One other note, we went to Pennsylvania for our boat, somehow it was registered as a 25 footer, in MD the DNR registered it as a 25 footer. I said it was a 26 footer and wanted to make sure I wouldn't get in trouble if ever checked out by the marine police or CG, they replied I'd be fine and if PA registered it as 25 then MD will follow suit unless I got 3 witnesses to swear it was a 26 footer (Makes no sense to me either), I said I'm happy being called 25' it will save on slip fees. I ended up saving $300 a year for a one foot differance!"
If you look at your paper work/ specs, it should show your 26s is actually 25'10"
This also means technically, your requirements for safety equipment etc would be for a vessel UNDER 26 feet.