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#11646933 - 06/04/16 11:12 AM Boat Registration Lettering
BigDad Offline
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Registered: 10/16/03
Posts: 2286
Loc: Flower Mound, TX, USA
Was stopped twice for a safety check over Memorial Day Weekend on Ray Roberts. One was by the Denton County Sheriff dept. The guy was nice enough and found nothing wrong other than he said my boat letters were not contrasting enough and I should change them. He said the letters don't contrast enough with the black background and the center portion of the letters should contrast with the boat. They seem to contrast pretty well to me. Anyone heard that the center of the letter cannot be the same color as the boat?


#11646972 - 06/04/16 11:43 AM Re: Boat Registration Lettering [Re: BigDad]
Bob Landry Offline
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Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 1896
Loc: Austin, Tx
Contrast is subjective and if the cop doesn't like them, that's his call. TPW&D website also shows them to be attached to the hull and your do not appear to be. I can understand why he would not like black on black.

Placement of TX Number and Decal on Vessels:

TX # and validation decal to be placed each side of the vessel, near the bow, in such a position as to provide easy identification.
The number must read from left to right, be in block characters of good proportion not less than three inches in height and be of a color that contrasts with the color of the vessel.
The numerals must be separated from the prefix and suffix by hyphens or equivalent spaces such as the following example: TX 0001 GG or TX-0001-GG.
The validation decal must be affixed in a line and within three (3) inches towards the rear of the boat from the registration number (an example is shown on the decal document).
Vessels registered as antique boats are permitted to display the registration decal on the left portion of the windshield. In the absence of a windshield, the registration decal must be attached to the certificate of number and made available for inspection when the boat is operated on public water.
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#11647281 - 06/04/16 04:20 PM Re: Boat Registration Lettering [Re: BigDad]
Capt Craig Offline
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The problem isn't being able to read when standing close, but when viewing at a distance. At distance the thin border drops out and makes it very difficult to read the dark on dark. I would suggest if you like it in that location, switch to an all white letter/number.
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#11649713 - 06/06/16 08:51 AM Re: Boat Registration Lettering [Re: BigDad]
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you probably need more space between the letters/numbers, hyphens etc.

as for color you can go here and order some new that would be in more contrasting colors,

maybe get your yellow in the center and chrome outlined? they do great work and have them on my boat.

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#11650221 - 06/06/16 12:52 PM Re: Boat Registration Lettering [Re: BigDad]
Stump jumper Offline
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Also the sticker is supposed to be separated from the letters by 3" or the width of the sticker.


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