Puzzling Plaque?

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Puzzling Plaque?

Postby carl » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:37 pm

I found a wooden plaque in my bilge glued to the inside of the transom with a number engraved on it. It doesn't match any other number on my boat. I'm thinking at one time a previous owner might have documented this vessel , but if it was documented, why is the plaque in the bilge, out of sight, on the inside of the transom?
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Re: Puzzling Plaque? Take a look, I need a little help with this one.

Postby javalin390 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:43 pm

Mine has it too, but is engraved into the aluminum door frame of the engine compartment. I have seen many boats with this type of number printed or tacked on somewhere in the engine bay, someplace. Not just M's but plastic and steel vessels as well. A Coast Guard registration number perhaps, Bill might know.
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Re: Puzzling Plaque? Take a look, I need a little help with this one.

Postby carl » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:48 pm

Once we figure out what it is I'll need to know if I need to glue it back in there after the restoration of that area is complete.
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Re: Puzzling Plaque? Take a look, I need a little help with this one.

Postby TinLizzy » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:17 pm

It is a plaque for a documented vessel. The number stays with the vessel if you plan to keep it documented. But I don't know the process that needs to be done to have it transferred to you. A google search sounds in order.
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Re: Puzzling Plaque? Take a look, I need a little help with this one.

Postby jralbert » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:31 pm

TinLizzy is correct. Rather than rehash here, do the research on "documented yacht" or vessel and you'll see the reason for the number board. It's an old and probably outdated process (for pleasure boats). In MD, it meant I didn't need state numbers (and never, ever got checked or stopped in almost 20 years of ownership). But state registration fees were required, along with a sticker. The process is fairly well spelled out online. It's administered by a very small staff in W VA that answers the phone unenthusiastically but the info they give is accurate. Their web site, last I checked, was rather uninformative.
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Re: Puzzling Plaque? Take a look, I need a little help with this one.

Postby carl » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:23 pm

HOW DO I MARK MY BOAT? (Right off the website that documents vessels)

"The official number assigned to documented vessels, preceded by the abbreviation “NO.” must be marked in block-type Arabic numerals at least three inches high on some clearly visible interior structural part of the hull. The number must be permanently affixed so that alteration, removal, or replacement would be obvious and cause some scarring or damage to the surrounding hull area."

There is even a search function where I can trace back to the previous owner that documented my boat, someone I'd love to talk to... Thanks Guys!
1990 Marinette 32' Sedan Fly Bridge
Twin Crusader 350's
Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee