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Registration Variation

Post By: calmark      Posted: 6/2/2019 9:01:48 AM     Points: 89    
I own an 8 foot sportsman boat. I have heard many different opinions if I need to have it registered or not. I figured this is as a good of a spot as any to find out. I do use an electric motor with it and I transport it in the back of my truck. Do I still have to register it?? What say you all.
 Reply by: richw88      Posted: 6/2/2019 9:07:40 AM     Points: 15    
Yes, anything with a motor.
You might check on what other safety equipment you need to be legal.
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 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/2/2019 9:08:03 AM     Points: 29347    
Any kind of motor, gas or electric requires the boat be registered.
 Reply by: skunkmaster      Posted: 6/2/2019 2:35:42 PM     Points: 1030    
Yup, dittos, will cost you 60 bucks a year now with the added ANS inspection fee. If you go up to Wyoming, plan on another $30 for an AIS (same as ANS) sticker up there.

I just registered my 9 foot 1-man pontoon for the first time a week or so ago. Will someone/anyone let me know if they know otherwise, but my interpretation of the regs on safety equipment requirements is that I'm good if I have a whistle and a PFD on the 'toon with me, and only need lights if I'm out between sunset and sunrise, plus no fire extinguisher required. I thought a paddle had to be carried also, but I don't see that anywhere in the boating regs. Anyone know otherwise on the paddle? I usually take my oars along, plus have fins on so it's probably moot for me, but want to avoid a problem if I leave the oars off sometimes.
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 6/3/2019 9:15:49 AM     Points: 2683    
If it has a motor, electric or gas, it has to be registered. Also search the forums for methods used to display your registration numbers. There are a lot of ways, but it will help you for when you get on the water, that you'll be prepared.

About being prepared is what I like. You are correct about minimum equipment and lights. However, unless you have a tether, or your fins float, I would suggest at least a collapsible oar. In addition to the whistle, I would pack a small air horn.
On horsetooth, some of the boats are blaring their music so loud that they wouldn't be able to hear a whistle for coming too close (within 50'), but the air horn would get their attention. Also, if you swallow water... blowing a whistle is a bit moot.
So please consider looking into the alternative lightweight, small, devices that are possible to help you stay safe (reflectors on the back side of the toon for dusk fishing, etc).

Be safe guys, pleasure boaters don't always know/follow the rules.