CONCERNS ABOUT TERRORISM ON THE WATER HAS THE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY ASKING BOAT OWNERS TO JUMP THROUGH SOME NEW HOOPS WHEN IT COMES TO REGISTERING THEIR VESSEL. KXLY FOUR’S JEFF HUMPHREY WORKING FOR YOU AT TRUDEAU’S SEA RAY ON SPRAGUE AVENUE… JEFF MOSTLY OLDER BOATS ARE AFFECTED BY THE CHANGES.? YEA NEW BOATS ARE ALREADY OUTFITTED WITH THE COMPLIANT HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS. YOU CAN FIND THEM ON THE BACK RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE VESSEL. BUT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF BOAT OWNERS WHO NEED TO GET NEW HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS AND YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO PUT YOUR BOAT IN THE WATER UNTIL YOU HAVE THEM. IT’S NOT EXACTLY BOATING WEATHER. BUT BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT TO THE LAUNCH YOU SHOULD KNOW REGISTERING YOUR BOAT HAS GOTTEN A LITTLE MORE COMPLICATED. VICKY DALTON/SPOKANE CO. AUDITOR 13;55 if you are one of the 19 thousand boat owners in the state of washington that has a non-conforming hull identification number,you need to come in an see us 14;06 YOUR HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER IS KIND OF LIKE THE VIN ON YOUR CAR. THE COAST GUARD WANTS TO KNOW WHO OWNS EACH AND EVERY BOAT ON THE NATION’S WATERWAYS AND THEY’RE TRACKING THAT INFO WITH A 12 CHARACTER ALPHA NUMERIC FIELD. BUT IF YOUR HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER IS TOO LONG YOU HAVE TO GET A NEW ONE. 17;29 what we’d really like boat owners to do is take a photo or a rubbing of your hull identification number bring it in to us and that’s the easiest way for us to verify if your hull
number is conforming or non-conforming 17;43 BOATERS WITH NON-CONFORMING NUMBERS HAVE TO HASSLE GETTING NEW PLATES FOR THEIR BOATS AND THAT WILL INVOLVE A TRIP TO A TROPHY SHOP. DOUG TRUDEAU/ TRUDEAU’S SEA RAY 13;58 they’ve given you a new hull identification number..at that point, you want to go to an engraver, that does trophies and stuff and they can make you a new placard. you’ll need two of them. one that goes on the outside of the boat and one that goes on the inside of the boat 14;10 WORST OF ALL, NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHAT’S BEHIND THE NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS. DOUG TRUDEAU 14;36 we’re trying to figure out which boats and why they would be qualifying or non-qualifying and don’t have an understanding of what’s causing it 14;46 SO IF YOU REGISTER YOUR BOAT IN WASHINGTON, CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING. IF YOU’RE BOATING IN IDAHO YOU CAN FIND OUT IF YOU’VE GOT THE RIGHT HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON-LINE THROUGH IDAHO PARKS AND RECREATION. JEFF, WHY IS HOMELAND SECURITY BEHIND ALL THIS? WE’LL BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY SHOW YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE TO GET REGISTERED IT LOOKS LIKE HOMELAND SECURITY IS WORRIED ABOUT BOAT BOMBS. YOU THINK ABOUT SEATTLE’S WATERFRONT AND HOW CLOSE YOU CAN GET TO SOME HIGH VALUE TARGETS THERE WHILE ON A BOAT AND YOU CAN KINDA UNDERSTAND WHY. REPORTING IN SPOKANE, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.