Key language from the reference below:
"For inflatable boats, ...the number must be painted on or attached to backing plates that are firmly attached to each side of the forward half of the boat."
State of Alaska
Division of Motor Vehicles
Standard Operating Procedures SOP No.: B-100 Page No.: 1 Effective: January 1, 2001 Subject: Supersedes: New Dated:
REGISTRATION NUMBER / VALIDATION STICKER DISPLAY Form No.: 02-841 Statute: AS 05.25.055 Regulation: 2 AAC 70.030 - 070
DISPLAY REQUIREMENTS – POWERED BOATS
- Normally the number must be painted or permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the boat. “Permanently Attached” usually means some type of stick-on numbers or decals that make up the complete number. For inflatable boats, canvas boats, boats owned by dealer or manufacturer and used only for demonstration, and boats configured so that a number on the hull or superstructure would not be easily visible, the number must be painted on or attached to backing plates that are firmly attached to each side of the forward half of the boat.
- Each number must:
- be in plain vertical block characters 3 inches or more in height;
- contrast with the color of the background and be distinctly visible and legible;
- have spaces or hyphens that are equal to the width of a letter other than “I” or a number other than “1” between the letter and number groupings (Examples AK-1234-AA or AK 1234 AA);
- read from left to right.
Validation Sticker: The sticker must be displayed within 6 inches of the boat number on both sides of the boat. If a backing plate is used to display the boat number, the sticker must also be on the backing plate.