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I'm surprised at that, since you could just as easily paint over them, and they would effectively disappear without obvious signs of removal. To get the copper plate off the boat, you need a saw or a chisel, and it's gonna be really obvious something was hacked out.
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Ours were spray painted onto the inside of the hull using letter templates (inside of a cockpit locker), and that passed inspection.

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I had one of my boats inspected last Tuesday. They provided a sticker with the new number to put inside, plus I carved it inside on the back of the bulkhead. Can't be too careful.

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Spray paint doesn't meet the legal requirements, even if someone did pass it. The next guy who sees it could just as easily say "Violation" and take it from there--and they'd be right to do so.

Easier & cheaper to fix that before they write it up. (But, hey, I'm paranoid. I put up the MARPOL and oil stickers without being asked, too.)
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I've got the MARPOL and OIL DISCHARGE plaques up too.

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Spray paint doesn't meet the legal requirements, even if someone did pass it. The next guy who sees it could just as easily say "Violation" and take it from there--and they'd be right to do so.

Easier & cheaper to fix that before they write it up. (But, hey, I'm paranoid. I put up the MARPOL and oil stickers without being asked, too.)

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My first and only USCG stop I did not have the oil and trash plaques they gave me new ones never asked about the document plaque and sent me on my way. very nice guys. But if my boat had a big gun on the frount, I would load it, but it was impresive anyway, when came up behind me that gun was the first thing I saw, Damn that swift boat is quiet and FAST!
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I'm surprised at that, since you could just as easily paint over them, and they would effectively disappear without obvious signs of removal. To get the copper plate off the boat, you need a saw or a chisel, and it's gonna be really obvious something was hacked out.
I know what you mean about being surprised. I had plans of putting something in more permanent like a plaque, but 'the man' didn't say a thing to me about the painted letters and numbers, so I left it the way it was. This boat was first documented two owners ago, and as far as I know of, those are the original numbers.
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Spray paint doesn't meet the legal requirements, even if someone did pass it. The next guy who sees it could just as easily say "Violation" and take it from there--and they'd be right to do so.

Easier & cheaper to fix that before they write it up. (But, hey, I'm paranoid. I put up the MARPOL and oil stickers without being asked, too.)
You're probably right about the next guy, and it has stayed in the back of my mind that maybe I should change that...I have all the stickers and plaques too.
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Ours is engraved ( 3" ) in the teak trim in the forward berth, it's out of sight but easily found

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BTW, like a HIN or VIN number, I have a second USCG documentation number hidden in elsewhere in the boat.

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Our Doc number is three inch numbers carved into a piece of teak, and the teak has been epoxied to an external beam in the forecastle. In addition, there are a dozen big sheet metal screws holding the wood, and those screws have plugs epoxied over them. Then I put a couple of coats of epoxy over the whole thing. If you pry that board off, you're going to rip the fiberglass rib to pieces.

The Coasties seemed happy with it when they looked. They were more unhappy about my spray bottle of Dawn detergent and water. They asked me what it was, and had no sense of humor when I said, "Coast Guard Repellent".

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