If you have a large vessel, it is important to understand USCG regulations regarding boating. These are the rules that you are obliged to follow when operating your vessel in US waters. If you do not comply with these rules, then you may be fined heavily, or worse. If you are just beginning ownership of a vessel, then you need to fully comply with 46 CFR part 67 (subpart I), a particularly important part of the USCG rules and regulations. This is especially vital if you are intending to apply for a Certificate of Documentation.
Facts About This Regulation
If you are not yet used to the numbering system of the Coast Guard, then you want to be up to date on the regulations relating to your boat. The regulation specifically addresses the rules about numbering your vessel, and how those numbers should be used on your boat. If this is the first time that you have heard of the numbering of your vessel, then you may be surprised to hear that each boat that is documented by the USCG needs to have a unique number, and that number has to be displayed on the vessel itself to allow for easy identification of the boat by the Coast Guard. Now that you are registered with the Coast Guard, this identification number is extremely important, and displaying it correctly is vital. If you don’t do so, then you may be fined heavily.
The Markings On Your Vessel
The rules outlined in the subpart 1 of the regulations relate directly to both the documentation of your vessel by the Coast Guard, and the markings that you have to display in return. The marking of the vessel allows it to be identified easily by others, and can be important if you ever get in distress and require assistance. Once you have a Certificate of Documentation, not having these markings on your vessel renders the documentation invalid, which can be important if you have a mortgage or other financial liens on the boat. Your vessel must be marked with the number listed on your documentation. It must be larger than three inches and visible on the hull interior. It must be applied permanently, either on a plaque or painted in permanent marker on the hull.
Following The Regulations
If you want to know more about the 46 CFR part 67 (subpart I) and other Coast Guard regulations, then you need to speak to the experts in USCG requirements. The Vessel Documentation Online Company is here to help you with any questions relating to documentation that you may have, including questions about correctly marking your vessel and ensuring that your documentation is valid. To find out more about how we can help you, you can talk to our team directly. You can do this by sending us an email or by calling (866) 981-8783.