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The following are not required to be titled or registered with an FL # or decal:
Boats used exclusively on private lakes and ponds
Boats used exclusively as a ship's lifeboat
Non-motor powered boats less than 16 feet in length
Boats owned by the US Government
However, for example: if you own a non-motor powered boat less than 16 feet in length, but eventually decide to place a motor on it, you will then have to title/register it.
If you have any questions about using a dinghy in emergency situations, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(Law Enforcement) for assistance. You can also visit the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' websitefor additional information on titling and/or registering boats.