(A) The owner of a hand powered canoe, rowboat (including racing shells and rowing sculls), or inflatable watercraft for which a registration certificate is issued under section 1547.54 of the Revised Code and which is exempted from numbering under section 1547.53(H) of the Revised Code shall securely affix the assigned tag to the vessel in a location that is visible under normal operating conditions in one of the following manners:
(1) On the transom, the tag should be affixed in the upper right corner of the transom and placed so that the tag does not interfere with the legibility of the hull identification number:
(2) On a deck on the rear half of the vessel;
(3) On the outside below the port side gunnel; or
(4) On the inside of the vessel on the upper portion of the starboard side gunnel so that it is visible from the port side of the vessel.
(B) The tag shall be securely affixed to the vessel prior to its operation, but shall be removed when it becomes invalid.
(C) No person shall operate or permit to be operated any vessel on the waters in this state in violation of this rule.