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Re: Transom Lettering Height?

I went a bit small with mine, obviously this is a much smaller boat (25 foot)... but it's still readable at distance. The home port lettering is 2 inches high. Also I am not sure what happened with the N on the end, I may have flubbed it pealing it off the vinyl backer. I was pressed for time... and it was newly painted, so the likelihood was that I didn't want to peel paint to fix a letter.

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Just wanted to make sure that the OP caught that if the boat is only registered with the state, a home port is not required. Many still do it, but it is not a requirement as long as the boat is not documented, too. If you do decide to put it on the boat, it doesn't matter what font or size you use.

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Just wanted to make sure that the OP caught that if the boat is only registered with the state, a home port is not required. Many still do it, but it is not a requirement as long as the boat is not documented, too. If you do decide to put it on the boat, it doesn't matter what font or size you use.
And if documented it does not have to be the port the boat is ported in, just has to match what is on the documentation. So go ahead and put on any exotic port in the US you want all you have to do is update your documentation.

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Coast Guard Documentation Center has the specs on their website, and the hail port is not as 'fluid' as is reported. Your legal residence or the port of documentation. That would be 'Falling Waters, West Virginia' thanks to Sen Robert Bird. I can't afford to buy a boat big enuf for that.

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Coast Guard Documentation Center has the specs on their website, and the hail port is not as 'fluid' as is reported. Your legal residence or the port of documentation. That would be 'Falling Waters, West Virginia' thanks to Sen Robert Bird. I can't afford to buy a boat big enuf for that.
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In point of fact, I contacted the vessel documentation center and spoke with a specialist there about port of registry, when I was documenting this vessel. It may be any town, city, lake, bay, harbor, inlet, etc. ANYWHERE in the USA, not necessarily anyplace you live or have ever been.
The only thing to note is that if your home port on your document is in a state, or municipality that taxes vessels, then you must pay that tax or show that the vessel has not been there during the taxation period.

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Yes that is true, but I confused the issue. Here on the border we would like our hail port to be Niagara, but that is rejected because as you point out there is no such instrumentality. The irony is that the vessels over in the Coast Guard Station have Niagara displayed as their hail port. Some are more equal than others......

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In point of fact, I contacted the vessel documentation center and spoke with a specialist there about port of registry, when I was documenting this vessel. It may be any town, city, lake, bay, harbor, inlet, etc. ANYWHERE in the USA, not necessarily anyplace you live or have ever been.
The only thing to note is that if your home port on your document is in a state, or municipality that taxes vessels, then you must pay that tax or show that the vessel has not been there during the taxation period.
Agree...CG regs say simply that port of origin must be a location inside the US. No where does it say it has to be where the boat is located, where the owner lives or any other criteria. I could live in VA, keep my boat in NC and still list Hawaii as the hailing port.

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I may have started thread about removal and yes, easyoff works, took off most of 35 yrs of paint in about 45 minutes. Only suggestion would be get the "brush-able" kind. You will get better coverage and your neighbors will appreciate it. When u get down to the "final paint" mineral spirits with a very rough (back of old carpet) cloth works wonders. Good luck!
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We got letters about a foot high so that our competitors would be able to take out their binoculars and still read our name on the transom when they heard the finish gun go off.
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I am partial to the local sign shop approach. It is cheaper, you get any font you want and free advice too + never a bad idea to support local business. The size depends on the size of the transom and also the length of the name. Our boat name is only five letters and two or them are 'I' so we have quite big letters and it looks good.

I always enjoy seeing US-registered boat with haling ports like Denver and Phoenix. In Canada if you register federally the port must be a customs port and they have dramatically reduced the number of those. My last boat was registered in Lunenberg which was cool. Now we are just Toronto.

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