Originally Posted by Dkdoyle
. . . You need the registration only if if it is not a documented vessel. I should clarify that the documentation
has to be active and transfers in your name.. . . if it is documented then you do not have to register it.
There is obviously some confusion about the word "registration
". You MUST register your boat in Florida if you have it there - in the water
- for more than 90 continuous days.
- - Registration is a dual process. If your boat is NOT Federally (USCG) documented, the registration involves getting a Florida Title for the boat - and - Florida "numbers" and a current
year "decal" that are to be displayed on the hull
of the boat.
- - If your boat is USCG documented then you MUST register your boat and you will NOT get a title and you will NOT get any Florida numbers - your USCG numbers will be shown in the registration certificate. You WILL get a "decal" for the current
year that must be affixed to the vessel and visible to marine
officials and others.
- - The display of the "decal" tells the officials that you have paid all appropriate taxes
, etc. and they do not need to bother asking you about it. It also tells officials in other States that you are a visitor and have paid your taxes, etc. in Florida.