Side Registration Letters

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mrtopknight, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. mrtopknight

    mrtopknight New Member

    361
    Oct 3, 2006
    Lake Mary, FL.
    2001 182 Sport
    4.3L MerCruiser w/ alpha one
    I would like to replace the Registration lettering on sides and would like to go as small as possible.

    Is there a certain minimum size they need to be?[/url]
     
  2. wastinaweigh

    wastinaweigh New Member

    219
    Oct 4, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    260 Sundancer 2004
    Kohler 5E Generator
    350 MAG Bravo III
    Yep. 3 inches, which is what your current ones look like from your pic.

    "The registration number issued to an undocumented vessel is to be painted or permanently attached to both sides of the bow (forward half) of the vessel and must be in block letters and numerals at least three inches high. The registration number must read from left to right, must contrast in color with the hull and be maintained in legible condition.

    The prefix and suffix must be separated from the numerals by a space equal to the width of the digits, i.e., FL 0001 AB."

    http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/dmv/vslfacts.html#8
     
  3. mrtopknight

    mrtopknight New Member

    361
    Oct 3, 2006
    Lake Mary, FL.
    2001 182 Sport
    4.3L MerCruiser w/ alpha one
    I would like to do rounded two tone italic numbers if I could
     
  4. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    Depends on your authorities. If they're not too curved, it's no problem with most.
     
  5. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    I did mine like this to match the design of the boat....no problem with the authorities...Ok actually I did not do it the Service Manager has a side business of boat lettering. He did a great job and was pretty cheap as well.

    Wesley
     

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  6. mrtopknight

    mrtopknight New Member

    361
    Oct 3, 2006
    Lake Mary, FL.
    2001 182 Sport
    4.3L MerCruiser w/ alpha one
    Nice!! Thats kind of like what I had in mind, but since my boat is white I wanted them like my stripe, black outlined with metallic silver. Are those 3"?
     
  7. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Yeah they are, If you would like his information I can get it for you, PM me. He does a great job. You can choose your color, format, two-tone, etc.

    Wesley
     
  8. STIHLBOLTS

    STIHLBOLTS New Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Panama City Beach Fl/ South Ga
    2004 - 220 Sundeck
    5.0L w/Bravo 3 Drive
    Anything other than block is not regulation according to coast guard wording. :smt018 But considering they are just glad they can read it, as long as you don't go scribe or something like that it will be ignored. I used brushscript bt on my first boat which is close to sr logo lettering and was told that when I got my coast guard inspection sticker. :grin:
     
  9. wastinaweigh

    wastinaweigh New Member

    219
    Oct 4, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    260 Sundancer 2004
    Kohler 5E Generator
    350 MAG Bravo III
    Mike,

    The letter of the law (Florida) is that the numbers have to be block at least 3 inches high.

    Having said that, I know that I have seen numbers in italics out there, and have never seen anyone pulled over for it. In fact, when we had the F-16, it had italic numbers, and in 5 years nobody noticed. So I have to agree with stilebolts on this one.
     
  10. mrtopknight

    mrtopknight New Member

    361
    Oct 3, 2006
    Lake Mary, FL.
    2001 182 Sport
    4.3L MerCruiser w/ alpha one
    Thanks guy's I'll most likely go with italic. Although, I try not to draw any attention from the law since we have such weird open cantainer law. For example in one county they do not allow open containers and the next county over does. The tricky part is that the center of the river is the county line. In order to reduce the confusion they set land marks along the river to determine county lines but they do not post them you must look them up.

    I usually do not drink while underway, but my guest do.
     
  11. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    I realize I am breaking the rules, but they sure do look cool. We have pulled up and talked to several law enforement guys and have never had a problem. We usually stick to only two lakes and are always following all the other rules. Just call me a rebel. :cool:

    Wesley
     
  12. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Question for everyone else, (looking back at my picture) am I the only one that left the emmission circle sticker on. Am I suppose to take this off. I feel like I am walking around with a hat on with the price tag hanging out the back :lol:
     
  13. Tanner03

    Tanner03 New Member

    79
    Oct 5, 2006
    River
    boatless and happy
    boatless
    I was forced to take mine off to get the numbers to fit. I was going to leave it on if I could of.
     
  14. rktktpaul

    rktktpaul New Member

    189
    Oct 4, 2006
    Chicago, Illinois
    185 Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3l TKS w/ Alpha I Gen II
    Look where it got Minnie Pearl!!

    I"ve left the sticker on my boat also. I figure any protection I can give the hull while the wife is docking it is a plus!! :thumbsup:
     
  15. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Is the boat federally documented? If so, you can eliminate the state registration numbers completely by surrendering the title to Florida since it is invalid anyway. The registration can legally be affixed to the forward most port side glass, which saves having to scrape the old one off fiberglass every year.
     
  16. Petep

    Petep New Member

    517
    Oct 5, 2006
    Grosse Pointe, MI
    460 Sundancer
    Cummins 480CE
    I know that when I had my power-squadron vessel safety check that the "letter of the law" states 3" BLOCK letters. Mine are script w/gold outline shading. Looks alot better that block (Boring) but was told that many safety examinators would mark it as correct and then certify. Got same ones on the dingy also and got a sticker on that too!
     

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