Question - Boat Hull ID

Has anyone used a type of acrylic that has then been adhered to a boat?
I’m looking to engrave a boat hull ID number on acrylic that has some type of adhesive to secure it to a boat (waterproof).
approx. 3 in x .5 in

What would be the best acrylic?
Should I get acrylic with adhesive applied or glue/adhere after engraving?

Your thoughts are appreciated!

There are two main types of acrylic, cast and extruded. Extruded doesn’t engrave as well as the cast does. All of the acrylic Glowforge sells is cast, and any plastic supply would have it.
For a permanent mount, I would think about 5-minute epoxy or construction adhesive, like liquid nails, available at Lowes or Home Depot. There are also double-sided adhesive tapes like 3M.

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Boat owner here… Boats are exposed to the elements. Sun and water will likely erode anything that you try to glue to the hull, you’d be better off sticking to the normal process of using vinyl lettering or a sticker made out of vinyl, that will be able to lay flat against the hull and remain affixed for a long time.

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