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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-hullGas 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 instances 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.

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