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UPDATED: 5/7/05
 

Vessel Marking Instructions

Every documented vessel, must be marked with its official number, name and hailing pot.  Operation of a documented vessel without proper markings is a violation of U.S. Laws.  All exterior markings must be in clearly legible letters of the LATIN ALPHABET or ROMAN or ARABIC NUMERALS not less than FOUR inches in height.

BOW MARKINGS (Required for commercial vessels only)

The name of a commercial vessel must be marked on a clearly visible exterior part of both bows and on the stern of the vessel.  If the vessel has a square bow, the name may be marked on some clearly visible exterior part of the bow in order to avoid obliteration.

STERN MARKINGS (Required for commercial vessels only)

The name and hailing port must be marked together on some clearly visible exterior part of the hull.

RECREATIONAL VESSEL MARKINGS

The name and hailing port must be marked together on some clearly visible exterior part of the hull.

OFFICIAL NUMBER

The six of seven digit official number awarded by the U.S. Coast Guard must be permanently marked in block type ARABIC NUMERALS not less than THREE inches high on some clearly visible interior structural port of the hull.  The number must be preceded by the abbreviation "NO." and must be affixed in a manner which would make alteration, removal, or replacement obvious.

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