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Old 20-12-2012, 12:46   #31
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Re: Canadian Boat in Florida

Well, all i can say is that i have sailed to about 25 countires and if i had to register the dinghy in each one it would be rediculous.

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Old 26-12-2012, 14:43   #32
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Re: Canadian Boat in Florida

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How long can we leave a Canadian registered boat in Florida without having to register the boat and pay Florida taxes? - Forever, you cant register in Florida unless youre a resident.......

Where Im at 1/4 of the boats are out of state or out of country registered and no one does anything as long as they are current on registration in the locality where they came from. OR I could be wrong.
Sorry to say, but yes you are wrong...see the links below:

Lee County Tax Collector's Office You can be in FL waters for 90 days without doing anything. After 90 days if you are not a resident of the state...you are expected to get a "Sojourner's Permit".... but it is primarily for those who's boats will go home with them.

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florida sales tax, tax on boats, delaware boat registry, hull id

If you are in the Keys, or wherever....and the FWC or other local LEO's have not been wandering about checking on sojourners permits or FL registrations....they are being nice, or someone high up has told them to back off.... Its not unusual to see the local LEO's or FWC wandering about checking on those things....and writing tickets... The state is hungry for money....
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Old 26-12-2012, 14:51   #33
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Well, all i can say is that i have sailed to about 25 countires and if i had to register the dinghy in each one it would be rediculous.
Here's a tidbit from a reliable source:

florida sales tax, tax on boats, delaware boat registry, hull id

TENDERS/DINGHIES ON BOARD FOREIGN REGISTERED VESSELS

BVI, Cayman, and other Countries allow the Tenders to be marked T/T (Name of Mother Vessel). They are considered to be part of the inventory of the Mother Vessel.

There is some confusion on whether or not the tender needs to be registered when being used in US waters. To avoid a ticket, register it, it beats trying to “fight city hall”…

I think I paid $18.75 to register my dinghy and motor.... Much cheaper than a ticket...
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Old 26-12-2012, 15:47   #34
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Re: Canadian Boat in Florida

Florida is rather notorious for strict enforcement of dinghy registration--even for those with foreign registered mother ships. Part of the problem in Florida is that every law enforcement entity--town, county, state police, FWC, DEP, etc. etc.--wants to get out on the water, so they all get large boats and they have to show something for all that expense. One time I was waiting for a bridge opening in southern Florida and five different law enforcement agencies were represented amongst the circling boats, all looking for some minor infraction. However, as long as you have all your ducks in a row in terms of legality you won't have any major problems.
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