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Old 19 August 2008, 13:04   #1
Country: Canada
Town: kamloops
Boat name: 380H
Make: seabright marine
Length: 3m +
Engine: 15 mercury 4S
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transport canada boat numbers?

ok how many of you guys actually have boat numbers on their tubes? in canada it is the law that your boat must be licensed if it's over are also required to have 3" high numbers on both sides of your boat!(or pay a fine)...well ya sure if ya can get them on there!...I have tried to no avail with rubber paint products and stencils etc...nothing stays on!...we do not seem to have a product here in canada that works on hypalon! short of hanging a board over the side with my numbers on(yuk)...Im lost for answers....anybody wanna suggest something?.....thxs

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Old 19 August 2008, 14:55   #2
Country: Canada
Town: Newmarket
Boat name: ELA
Length: 4m +
Engine: 20 Suzuki
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I have no numbers on my sib, only been stopped once. I gave them the registration told them they washed off, showed them a little black scuff mark, just a little lie, they said they had the same problem with there little sibs and told me to have a good. I think they were looking more for booze than anything else. This year I have not seen one cop on the water so no problem again. I know one of these days I might have to do some fancy footwork. My cousin does leather and vinyl repair and the stuff he has will stick to hypalon so he says. In a couple of months going to pay him a visit and see how good it is. If it last I can send you a little if you still need some.

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Old 19 August 2008, 16:24   #3
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Town: San Carlos, Mexico
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I have 3 inch high numbers on my tubes. Applied them about 9 months ago and they have survived both Arizona and mexico sun and rain. uncovered.
I used standard viynle letters from Ace hardware and cleaned the hypalon well with toluene before application. So far so good.
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Old 19 August 2008, 16:42   #4
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The French have exactly the same rule. Must admit the letters sure are ugly.
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Old 19 August 2008, 18:52   #5
Country: Canada
Town: Tobermory, Canada eh
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Length: 5m +
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Mine have been on for years and holding up well... painted on by the dealer..
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Old 19 August 2008, 23:36   #6
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I put some vynil stick on letters & numbers onto the rubbing strakes. I'l see how long they hold up. You could always simply use a black permanent dry marker and write the #s on by hand. It will hold up well.
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Old 20 August 2008, 10:10   #7
Country: USA
Town: Oakland CA
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Used an El Marko to put the numbers on my Achilles. You have to touch them up every now and then.

For the Polaris, Guy had someone who does die stamping make up a hypalon patch with the numbers inset in a contrasting color. That was glued onto the tubes. No idea how much it cost, but it looks a lot better than the El Marko route.

You can ask at if you're interested.

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Old 20 August 2008, 11:40   #8
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Town: Seattle
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Make: Polaris
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West Marine here in the States has small containers of latex paint with stencils. Seems to work on hypalon.
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Old 20 August 2008, 13:44   #9
Country: Canada
Town: Rigaud, Que.
Boat name: Rigaud Explorer
Make: 6m Bombard
Length: 6m +
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The Bombard Explorer 600 I purchased this year is 10 years old with Hypalon numbers on a patch. Still the originals from 1998 and holding.
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Old 20 August 2008, 15:11   #10
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Mine are "hang on" type. Vinyl stickers from Home Depot lasted one season. So I painted numbers on soft vinyl fabric. Then I hang them with plastic curtain rings. While on plane they look more like a black and white banners but while fishing numbers are visible. Worked well as "leave me alone, I have numbers" statement Cost effective too ...

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