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Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 10:27 am
Hi everyone. I just received my set of plans for the Bass Boat and hoping to get started soon. While looking on the net I saw there is a huge amount of government (coast guard) regs that a builder has to comply with( labels, hp, max people, floatation and others) that has to be displayed in order to register your finished boat. Very discouraging to someone just about to start out. Anyone know how to compute all this?
Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 12:11 pm
It's not as bad is it looks. Most of these are for commercial builders. I'm not saying they aren't good to have in mind. But, some of them, I think they've decided home builders can die.
http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_ ... ilders.pdf
This is the whole thing.
http://www.uscgboating.org/regulations/ ... loads.aspx
Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 8:41 pm
Good point Bill-Iwrote my states office 4 months ago for hull # or app for.No answer yet -probably went in circular file bucket near desk.
Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 4:20 am
Most of your USCG regulations have been mirrored down under either as law or as a non-mandatory standard. The only regulations we have to comply with (for all recreational boats not just amateur built ones) are those required to be detailed on the Builders Plate. These relate to number of occupants, outboard size and flotation etc. However just like aviation there are enough things in boating that one is not aware of that can ruin your whole day, so why ignore the things of common knowledge that you can do something about. All of these regulations were founded on death or injury. Go that little bit further. I found it was not too much of a problem to comply with most requirements for recreational boats. For example, both the USCG requirements for backyard builders as well as those for professional builders. You then have a safe boat in which you have trust. The ABYC produce material on how to comply with the USCG regulations.
Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 6:14 am
I was also stressing when I started to read all the regulations but here in Victoria, Australia I found a small loop hole. That being, if I was the owner/builder I didn't need to get a builders plate. I only require the plate if I were to try and sell it.
I went to VicRoads ( who handle boat registration ) with all receipts, paper and nervous as hell of being rejected and got complied in less than 5 minutes. ( Winner
Not sure of the laws in the states but surely it's not that hard. Good luck.