BoatWiki - Definitions
A decal in boating terms can be defined in a couple of different ways. The most common usage relates periodic tabs or stickers as issued in conjunction with state level boat registrations. It may also pertain to other numbers, letters, or decorations that are affixed to a boat through various means of transfer or adhesion.
In addition to aesthetic enhancements, there are numerous boating regulations that call for the affixation of decals. These serve to identify the boat and provide law enforcement with a means of visual compliance.
State level decals may include periodic registration tabs, registration numbers, and state assigned hull identification numbers. Vessel documentation requirements call for the placement of a vessel name and hailing port which can be affixed through the use of a decal. In addition, there are various designations related to commercial operations or local identification requirements
Boaters should become intimately acquainted with the marking requirements that correspond to their kind of registration and area of operations. Failure to comply may result in fines and impoundments. BoatWiki offers numerous resources and information in this regard.
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5/18/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.