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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-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

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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

For Boats Going to the UK or EU: http://www.boatsafetysigns.co.uk/

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