Can I remove the warning stickers?

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  1. Gansett Goose

    Gansett Goose New Member

    Jan 20, 2018
    Sarasota, FL
    2018 Sea Ray SPX 230-OB
    Mercury 175 Verado
    New boater, new boat. I find the warning stickers all over the cockpit ugly. Can I take these off? Should I leave them on? Examples: Max 13 people, don't swim with the motor running, watch out for exhaust fumes, etc...

    I found an old thread on this forum where someone was looking to obtain replacement stickers! Do they need to be there for future resale or something?

    If you think they can be removed, how do you get them off the fiberglass? They seem to be stuck on pretty good. thanks
  2. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Capacity decal must be left on.
  3. randmhall

    randmhall Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    Welcome to the forum, congrats on the new boat.

    The capacity label with max persons/weight is required. If you have a water or toilet system, the "don't pollute the water" instructions are required. The rest are for the lawyers. If you know a good lawyer, go ahead ... swim with the prop on, run with scissors, have fun! Just make sure you have a honda generator on the swim platform if you anchor for hours with the stereo playing.
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  4. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    No capacity plate is required by the Feds or FL if over 20'. Interestingly in FL it appears on a used boat under 20' it's not required either.

    The 2017 Florida Statutes

    Title XXIV
    VESSELS Chapter 327
    VESSEL SAFETY View Entire Chapter
    327.52 Maximum loading and horsepower.—
    (1) Except for sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and inflatable boats, this section applies to all monohull motorboats less than 20 feet in length that are: manufactured or used primarily for noncommercial use; leased, rented, or chartered to another for the latter’s noncommercial use; or engaged in the carrying of six or fewer passengers for hire.
    (2) No person shall sell or offer for sale any vessel described in subsection (1) unless said vessel displays the maximum capacity information as prescribed in 33 C.F.R. part 183. This shall not apply to resales, but it is the intent of this section to require dealers and manufacturers to furnish this information upon the original sale.
    (3) No person shall operate any vessel described in subsection (1) when said vessel exceeds the maximum weight capacity, maximum persons capacity, or maximum horsepower capacity. If no maximum capacity information is displayed, the capacities shall be calculated as provided in 33 C.F.R. part 183, subparts C and D. This subsection shall not preclude the finding of reckless operation under s. 327.33(1) when a vessel is operated in a grossly overloaded or overpowered condition.
  5. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    Now would be the time to take them off. Carb cleaner and get your thumbnail under a corner and off it comes. Maybe a hair dryer but doubt you'll need it.
  6. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW

    I would caution on using carb cleaner right off the start..... I would try to use some less aggressive measures first like googone.
  7. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    Won't hurt a thing, used it a hundred times.
  8. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    It's not the hundred times it did not hurt anything, it is the one time it does damage something. Always try the least aggressive treatment first. In this case a blow dryer first then chemical solutions in order of strength next is good advice.

  9. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    WD 40 is what the people who brought us a new refrigerator used to remove the glue from the tape that held the door closed.
    I was told I need "a do not throw oil or garbage over board".
  10. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    On my boat the required warnings are placards not stickers.
  11. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    WD-40® Multi-Use Product can be used on just about everything. It is safe to use on metal, rubber, wood and plastic. It can also be applied to painted metal surfaces without harming the paint. Polycarbonate and clear polystyrene plastic are among the few surfaces on which to avoid using a petroleum-based product like WD-40® Multi-Use Product.

    The WD-40 website doesn't specifically say it can be used on 'gelcoat' but I'll add my testimonial....'I usually use a heat gun on stickers first and do the cleanup if any with the WD-40. I've used WD-40 for 50+ years on virtually all surfaces including gelcoat, it is an awesome mix of petroleum distillates. For the Climate Change Concerned be aware the propellant is CO2 and with every squirt comes a dead polar bear.... 'Woody', Deep in the forest of N. Wisconsin'
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  12. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    It's your boat, you can do what you want. I'd keep the CG sticker just to be safe, though - it may not be needed, but there's less questions by an "official" if it's there.

    As far as removing it, use whatever means you want to. A hair dryer or heat gun to soften the glue will make the initial removal easier. To get the residue off... acetone, goo-gone, goof-off, WD-40, naptha, etc, etc. None of these will harm the gelcoat. Make it easy - use the best one you have, first.
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  13. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    +1 on the hair dryer and use it sparingly. If you get the decal too hot it just pulls apart. Hit it lightly with the hair dryer, get a thumbnail under a corner, then pull gently and heat as you go. It comes off clean with very little residue to clean up.
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