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Dinghy Registration - Flexible Numbers?

Finally purchased a little 5hp Honda outboard for our dinghy and recently registered it.
I'm wondering if there are flexible numbers / letters that can handle being rolled and unrolled with the dinghy. Or do most folks with a roll up inflatable dinghy just paint the numbers on? Heading to WM or BOW tonight to check out our options!

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Re: Dinghy Registration - Flexible Numbers?

This company makes an excellent glue on flexible panel with your numbers, and room for the sticker.

https://www.boatnumberplate.com/
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Re: Dinghy Registration - Flexible Numbers?

Paint or stenciing with a Sharpie might be more effective than the peel & stick stuff, if you’re putting it right on the boat. Some people attach a flat number board or plate to avoid the flexibility problems, but that creates other issues.
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You could also paint or embroider on suitable fabric, attach velcro style, adding a leash
Zero chafe, removed when rolled up
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1/4" flat lettering brush and Sign Painters One Shot Lettering Enamel Black for most durability. If you want it neat go to a sign shop and have them cut you a mask and then just use a quality chipping brush and the One Shot Enamel. Make sure it's the oil based and not the water based.
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Re: Dinghy Registration - Flexible Numbers?

Our Zodiac Mark I Classic had the numbers painted on it and they lasted more than 10 years, however, we never rolled it up, but it did sit in the tropical sun for that whole period uncovered. Just remember, if you are painting or repairing any inflatable, you must properly prepare the material by sanding off the shiny surface, cleaning off any contaminates including the oil and sweat from your hands while preparing the surface, or you are just wasting your time.
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I have the boat number plate. It works. Looks neat. For some reason, I wish I hadnít done it. Mine isnít a perfect fit with the curve of the bow, so maybe thatís it.

On a prior dinghy, I took a chance at online ordering custom vinyl lettering. I did a good job of cleaning, as I didnít really expect it to work. Sure enough, it was flawless for 8 ish years.

However, I never rolled mine up.
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Re: Dinghy Registration - Flexible Numbers?

Thank you all for the helpful ideas and recommendations on procedures and materials! Our tender stays inflated when we reach our destination, but is rolled up and stowed on deck or the aft quarter birth when at sea. Wish we could keep it inflated, but the baby stay takes up valuable real estate on our foredeck. Another good reason for a larger boat!

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Re: Dinghy Registration - Flexible Numbers?

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I have the boat number plate. It works. Looks neat. For some reason, I wish I hadnít done it. Mine isnít a perfect fit with the curve of the bow, so maybe thatís it.

On a prior dinghy, I took a chance at online ordering custom vinyl lettering. I did a good job of cleaning, as I didnít really expect it to work. Sure enough, it was flawless for 8 ish years.

However, I never rolled mine up.
Note: not all states allow a plate with numbers which can be removed and placed on another dinghy not covered. Maryland is one which this practice is outlawed


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This company makes an excellent glue on flexible panel with your numbers, and room for the sticker.

https://www.boatnumberplate.com/
Note: this is permanently attached and what I currently have.


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