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All Vessels Should Be Numbered, Unless Specifically Stated Otherwise Elsewhere in the Article (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-4)

Legal Commentary. This section states that every boat should be numbered, except for those belonging to the United States Coast Guard or those that are deemed exempt from numbering in Exemptions from Numbering (O.C.G.A. § 52-7-6). Examples of exceptions include boats without mechanical propulsion, such as rubber rafts or canoes. If a vessel is not numbered and is not exempt from numbering, then it should not be operated. Personal injury lawyer Charles Scholle is knowledgeable about boating laws in Georgia will be answer any questions you may have about hull identification numbers. Send the Offices of P. Charles Scholle a message online today.

See the full text of the statute below:

Section 52-7-4 All Vessels Shall be Numbered, Unless Clearly Stated Elsewhere in the Article

Every vessel using the waters of this state shall be numbered, except those vessels exempted by Code Section 52-7-6 and those vessels documented by the United States Coast Guard and licensed pursuant to Code Section 27-2-8. No person shall operate or give permission for the operation of any such vessel on the waters of this state unless the vessel is numbered in accordance with this article or in accordance with applicable federal law or in accordance with a federally approved numbering system of another state and unless:

  1. The certificate of number issued to the vessel is on board and in full force and effect; and
  2. The identifying number set forth in the certificate of number is properly displayed on each side of the forward half of the vessel; provided, however, that this requirement shall not apply to numbered vessels which are documented by the United States Coast Guard.

HISTORY: Ga. L. 1960, p. 235, § 5; Ga. L. 1973, p. 1427, § 4; Ga. L. 1987, p. 567, § 2; Ga. L. 1988, p. 410, § 2.

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