Things I Learned When Registering My Lifetime Manta Kayak

Things I Learned When Registering My Lifetime Manta Kayak

Things I Learned When Registering My Lifetime Manta Kayak

manta kayak registration.JPGLast week, we journeyed to Ohio for our annual summer vacation to visit my parents. While we were there, Lifetime shipped me a Lifetime Manta tandem kayak to use so I could share some personal experiences and reviews with you. But, before we could legally use the Lifetime Manta Kayak in Ohio public waters, we had to register it as a watercraft with the State of Ohio.

Ideally, the process should be quick… although, unfortunately, the day we went the service wasn't exactly speedy or friendly.  But, we simply filled out a form with our contact information and kayak information, paid $25 for a 3 year registration (cost may vary with each state), and received our registration number and tag decal. Then, we headed to Walmart to buy the numbers to stick on the side of the kayak.  That's it.  Done. 

But, in case you are new (like me) to registering a watercraft, here are a few helpful tips I learned during the process:

  • Not all states require a kayak to be registered as a watercraft.  To find out if your state does, simply do a Google search for "Registering a Boat in (insert state)" or visit your local watercraft office.  (Our office was actually located where you get a driver's license.)
  • Each state has different requirements regarding what you need to obtain a kayak registration. We used the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin which is shipped with each new Lifetime Kayak.  Even if you don't need this Statement of Origin to register your kayak, always maintain this document in a safe place for future reference.  (Ohio's website actually has a handy flowchart diagramming exactly what paperwork you need to get the registration.)
  • Some states may mandate what size and color of numbers you must use on your watercraft - Ohio requires they be at least 3" tall and contrast with your watercraft.
  • Finally, be sure to wash your Lifetime Kayak with soap and water and dry it thoroughly before adhering the registration numbers.  One of our numbers and our registration decal somehow washed off after our first day on the lake.  It feels like there was probably a slight manufacturing film on the kayak that didn't allow the numbers to adhere tightly.

Stay tuned because I'll be sharing reviews, photos, and videos of my family's experience with the Lifetime Manta Kayak in upcoming blog posts!

Jan

Jan

Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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