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Boat name location

Small transom, cluttered with boat stuff like outboard and swim ladder does not have much room for adding our boat name.

Looking around the marina I see some on both sides at bow, some on both sides at stern and some just nameless like mine.

I don't see any pattern so have to ask...is there a convention? i.e. less than "XX" feet = "name here"

Ours used to have "Edel 665" in 8" high font on both sides at stern. That was removed before I painted but I would also like to add it back but much more discrete height of maybe 1-2".

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Too small, and the Coast Guard and other vessels won't be able to identify you from afar. That may be a good thing, but it may be a bad thing if someone aboard needs help and you're in a crowded anchorage, port, etc.

As to where to put the name, that's largely up to aesthetics.

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Re: Boat name location

Since I assume Edel 655 is the boat manufacturer and model, you can pretty much put that anywhere in any size you want, or just leave it off completely.
Only Transport Canada regulations that I know of are that the registration/licence needs to be of a certain height and legible font. The name you can do whatever you want with.
FWIW, I had the name on both sides of Tangerine, and on the transom along with the home port. Orange Crush has the name on both sides and that's it.

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Since I assume Edel 655 is the boat manufacturer and model, .
Correct. It was originally applied as large as many boat names I see.
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The PO had the boat name in either Japanese or Chinese characters painted on the stbd bow. The languages share the same characters so you cannot say which language is the "correct" one.
After a renaming ceremony, great ceremony it was too, I lettered the name on the transom and hopefully none have fallen off yet.

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Re: Boat name location

It seems the OP is in Canada, whose rules I do not know.

You would, however, see the same inconsitency in the US. But there is a distinction here. If you title and register your boat with a State, they typically only require application of your registration number in 3" or larger plain font on each side. Whether you name your boat at all or where you put the name is usually up to you.

If you document your boat with the USCG, you may still need to register it with a State, but are typically exempt from having to display registration numbers. However, the USCG requires the boat name and hailport you put on your application to be displayed on the transom. Many, however, do not have room with steps, etc to do so and apply the name on each side closest to the transom. I do not think this is legit, but it is commonly done and I've never heard of anyone being dinged for it.


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Re: Boat name location

CG seems to look the other way on this. Lots of small transoms with boat names in letters smaller than regs. Where do you put the name on the transom of a B-40 if it is in 4" high letters unless it is 5 letters or less?

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Correct. It was originally applied as large as many boat names I see.
LOL...whoops! Sorry. Then 2" lettering sounds perfect! I've seen that on some S2's and a few other boats - the make/brand of the boat is huge!

Did the manufacturer use a logo on another model of boat? If so, could you go with that?

I don't think you're under any obligation to use the manufacturer's mark on the boat.

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If you title and register your boat with a State, they typically only require application of your registration number in 3" or larger plain font on each side.
Same rule here. I have the #'s and registration....just no name or boat model yet.
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Re: Boat name location

i_amcdn, since your boat is licensed not registered you can put the name anywhere you want, any font you want any size you want.

If it were registered the requirements are on the back of the boat registration.
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