Documentation Boards are used as identify numbers assigned to boat hulls.
Hull identification numbers (HIN) are assigned by the USCG
as a way to assure boat ownership. Boats are usually originally registered
with the boat maker and need to be re-registered by future owners. Not all
boats may be registered and it is therefore your responsibility to register
your boat. There are stiff fines associated with not having your boat
registered. But that's not my department, I provide Documentation Boards to
boat owners. These Documentation Boards are required by the U.S. Coast Guard
for seaworthy boats owned by Americans.
Why does the Coast Guard award an "Official Number" to a
Since documentation is the "National Form of Registration"
it only makes sense that a number would be assigned and serve as the
identifier for your boat. The official number awarded to each documented
boat is the equivalent of the social security number given each person at
birth. The number stays with the boat forever — it does not change as the
boat is resold over the years from one owner to the net.
Why do you have to install my "Official Number" in your
Initially, the proper and permanent installation of your
official number, along with the name and hailing port you chose, validates
your Certificate of Documentation for use of the boat. While the name and
hailing port markings must be clear and legible, (minimum 4" letters) the
common method of painting or vinyl lettering is not "permanent". The boat
name and port may change with each owner but the official number never will.
Since boats are mobile, coupled with the fact that for
every new boat sold there are seven used boats sold. Maintaining accurate
records of the boats, the owners and the lien holders are the only ways to
assure proper transfer of ownership passes from one owner to the next.
Installing a Documentation Board is evidence of current
(or prior) vessel documentation. It is a signal to a prospective purchaser
to search the Coast Guard records to verify ownership and lien statutes of
What are the consequences of not properly marking your
The owner can be liable for a civil penalty of not more
that $10,000 per violation. Each day of a continuing violation is a separate
violation. Please refer to the reverse side of your Certificate of
Documentation for verification of these statements.
Ready for your Documentation Board?
I make my Documentation Boards from a number of different
materials and finish choices. The letters and numbers always have to be 3
inches tall. You can have the letters and numbers either carved or routed
in, varnished, painted, primed or not.
For your convenience and to save you time I have listed a
number of possible combinations of materials and finishes for you to chose
from to assure you a documentation board to meet your criteria.
Just purchase the one that suits your needs. All
documentation boards come with a chamfered edge and rounded corners.
Please, please remember to attach your documentation number to your
order. Put your number in the place provided when you are checking out. Also
if there is an option choice, please select the option you want before
clicking on the "Buy Now" button.