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Thumbs up Sweet looking registration plate for your inflatable

Check it out, if your looking for a really nice way to attach your registartion numbers to your inflatbale, look at this product first: REGISTRATION NUMBERS FOR BOATS - Home

All my previous owned inflatable were bought used and came with some sort of numbers/letters already attached, usins stencil & paint, sharpies, or platic plate with vinyl letters...none of those compare to the professional look of the custon made stick-on plaque I just applied to our newish dingy over the weekend.

I choose the adhesive coated one since we keep the boat inflated all the time on a davit or on the foredeck. It took about a week after going online and filling out the form for it to arrive. The install was easy as could be.

I dont know how well these would work if you inflate/deflate often, they recommend the glue on one for those?

Supposed to last 10 years? I'll post a follow in 10 years and let you know

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I currently have my numbers on a plastic "plate" which I zip-tie to the "grab line"


but this looks interesting... thanks for the link!

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Yikes. I'm way to cheap for that option.

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I had the plastic plate with the zip ties, hated it...and on the Achilles there is no good way to attach the plate and I didn't want to glue the mounts on, pkus the plate is really not proper way to mount, see below.

Midlife, after spending a few thousand for the dink, motor, lift, whats another $40 +- Actually though if you add up a reg plate, vinyl letters, etc, you're close to $40 anyway

I would add that its proper to have them permantley attahced.

The following is an exerpt from an Official Newsletter distributed by the head of the Vessel Examination Dept of the USCG Auxiliary. STATE REGISTERED VESSELS -- The Requirements Are: Use of Block Style letters and numbers only; Letters & numbers must be at least Three (3) inches in height; Letters & numbers must be of Contrasting Color (not outlined, shadowed or rounded); if the background is multicolored or patterned, a block out area of a single color may be required to facilitate readability. The Letters and numbers must be separated by the width of one letter or number - not including the number one (1) or the capital letter (I). Use either a blank space or a hyphen and they must be read from left to right. The validation sticker must be visible and placed within six inches of the registration numbers. Placement either in front of or behind the numbers is determined by state regulation. The Registration Numbers, Letters and Sticker must be PERMANENTLY ATTACHED and on the Forward Half of the Vessel. Adhering registration numbers and stickers on glass or plastic windows or using placards (signboards) are NOT considered Permanent and can no longer be used unless they are bolted or screwed in place on the hull or superstructure (including on dinghies). Signboards cannot be attached to railings. Inflatable boat manufacturers should be contacted for letters and numbers made of the same material / adhesive as the boat to attain permanency. Validation stickers issued by states can be adhered to metal or plastic plates and mounted on grab straps with non-reversible wire ties, but must be within 6 inches of the registration number and visible to law enforcement officers. Contact your state for guidance and acceptability. Above reviewed by the United States Coast Guard office of Boating Safety on: 12/16/04 -----I would contact your local jurisdiction and Coast Guard Auxiliary to learn the rules of the water-----

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I did the "you glue it on" version and am very happy with it. Much better than the other options.

I've found that the problem with the hard plates is they become brittle from the UV in a just couple years and then will break if you look at them too hard.

If my dink makes it 10 years, I'll post the results as well

(Midlife, saw you leaving HHS on Sunday while we were returning. I wanted to turn to catch you, but the Ms. had a commitment she to had get too.)


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Iv got them on one of my RIB as well...Have no clew how long they have been there but they are tough as nails.

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I used that same plate on our dink. 6 months later they are still looking good.

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I concur, good product! Several of my dockmates use this and I'll also be switching next spring.

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I did the "you glue it on" version and am very happy with it. Much better than the other options.

I've found that the problem with the hard plates is they become brittle from the UV in a just couple years and then will break if you look at them too hard.

If my dink makes it 10 years, I'll post the results as well

(Midlife, saw you leaving HHS on Sunday while we were returning. I wanted to turn to catch you, but the Ms. had a commitment she to had get too.)
Sorry we missed you. We just went out for a quick sail, then did a 1/2 dozen laps in the marina waiting to get fueled up and pumped out.

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Wait a minute. Are you saying you're supposed to register those things????

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