Thank You Paul,
Before I wrote my initial message above, I had already checked the USCG site and downloaded the forms; but I wanted some confirmation from someone who actually had "done the deed", in case I was missing something. Your response has definitely helped me get a better understanding of how to proceed.
Regarding the points you bring up, the boat in question is not
USCG documented. It is registered and flagged in Macoa, so there may be a bit of hoop jumping to do on the Macao side. However, I figure that the current
owner and I will be able to navigate such waters without encountering any major disaster.
Regarding possible state-side issues, you bring up some VERY consoling points like the cooperative attitude of the WV Coast Guard folks. Furthermore, one of the questions I wanted to ask them is is related to information provided in your post above: I need to know exactly what addresses to list on the Coast Guard documentation application.
On the application (USCG form 1258, section D) they ask for a "managing owner" address, and they note that the applicant should "SHOW PHYSICAL ADDRESS IF DIFFERENT FROM MAILING ADDRESS".
Well, I am not sure where to show what address since I am a US citizen who is married to a Phillipina, and I am a permanent resident of the Phillipines. I would like the CG documentation mailed to my Phillipine PO box, and I had planned to list my "managing owner" address as my last address in the US.
As an alternative, I could use my US Post Office Box as my mailing address, and I could list my last US residence address as my "managing owner" address. Not sure what to do, but this latter tact seems the more prudent alternative. Any advice that you could offer on this issue would be appreciated.
Theoretically, I could clear all this up with a quick call to the USCG Documentation Center in WV, but the office there publishes only an 800 number, and I am unable to access it from here in the Phillipines. If you are aware of a normal phone
number that can be used to contact the CG Documentation Center in WV, please pass it on.
In any case, thank you for the help which you have provided. It is definitely a confidence builder
, and, if you can offer any insight as to how I can actually get a live USCG rep on the phone
from my end, please let me know.