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Disclaimer:   I am not a spokesperson for the US Coast Guard or ABYC. For an official interpretation of regulations or standards you must contact the US Coast Guard or other organization referenced..   More.....

LABELS FOR RECREATIONAL BOATS - Demystified

A guide to safety warning labels required on recreational boats.

The following table is very general and your boat may need other labels. Consult with the US Coast Guard

 Boat Type   USCG Labels
 Canoe/Kayak   HIN
 Rowboat   HIN - Capacity Label - Certification Label (may be combined)
 Rowboat with 2 HP   HIN - Capacity Label - Certification Label (may be combined)
 Outboard <20 Ft   HIN - Capacity Label - Certification Label (may be combined)
 Outboard 20 ft or >   HIN - Certification Label
 Inboard <20 Ft W/Gas Engine   HIN - Capacity Label - Certification Label (may be combined)
  Blower Warning Label
 Inboard 20 Ft or > W/Gas Engine   HIN - Certification Label - Blower Warning Label
 Inboard W/Diesel   HIN
 Sailboat W/O Engine   HIN
 Sailboat W/Outboard   HIN
 Sailboat W/Gas IB   HIN - Certification Label - Blower Warning Label
 Sailboat W/Diesel   HIN
 Multi-hull OB any Size (includes Pontoon Boats)   HIN
 Multi-hull Gas IB any Size (includes Pontoon Boats)   Certification Label - Blower Warning Label
 Multi-hull Diesel any Size (includes Pontoon Boats)   HIN
 Any with permanently
 Installed Gas Generator
  Certification Label - Blower Warning Label
 Any boat with builder installed Navigation Lights   Certification Label

Other Labels:

ABYC, ISO, the Canadian Coast Guard, the RCD, and others may require other labels. For instance ABYC requires many other warning labels. On open motorboats there are labels showing the seating arrangements. On any boat with a gasoline engine there are carbon monoxide warning labels. For boats with exposed propellers there are prop strike warning labels. For electrical systems there is a multitude of warning labels for many different situations. There are far too many to list here.

Below are some examples: The bottom left image also contains a Canadian certification and capacities label issued by the Canadian Office Of Boating Safety. Look at some more lablels.

ABYC labels. http://www.boatlabels.com/
NMMA Boats Safety Labels http://www.nmma.org/certification/products/labelsanddecals.aspx
For Boats Going to the UK or EU: http://www.boatsafetysigns.co.uk/

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