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Ask The Times: Inflatable boat registration

Q. Do I have to register my floating raft?

A. Illinois law includes inflatable boats in the definition of watercraft and as such, they must be numbered in accordance with the law, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Complying with this law presents certain problems for owners of inflatable boats. Most commonly used materials for numbering boats won't hold up well on inflatables. The most common solution is to affix the numbers and expiration decal to a board which is then attached to the grab rail allowing it to hang over the side in the location where numbers would normally be painted.

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