I would agree that the hassle of always being a suspect is not worth the time and money
you would save by not keeping things registered and updated.
You can find a state with a longer registration
is 3 years, not very expensive (not counting sales tax), dinghies under 14' and without a motor
only need a sticker (not an actual registration
nor title) and you can do it all through the mail and renew online every three years. The downside is, You will have to pay sales tax initially.
Ohio DNR website
I had a sailing dingy registered there with nothing but a bill of sale
. The HIN number wasn't correct (didn't exist, it was just a model number type of thing) but they let it go anyway. probably depends on the clerk. pretty easy process...
I just registered my boat in MD for the first time, very simple 2 year reg. Can renew through mail from anywhere. I did not have to pay sales tax, but did pay an 'excise' tax that wasn't too painful. $25 bux every other year to keep it updated...not bad.