I don't know if any of this info has been posted. Haven't had time to keep up ......
If your plans include cruising to Florida this winter on your used trawler
or used motor
yacht you need to be aware of this.
Florida requires that vessels be registered in Florida after 30 days in state. However, the state provides reciprocity for of out of state vessels. This allows you to operate your vessel in state waters for up to 90 days.
There is however, a little used statue, 328.58, that provides cruising in Florida waters beyond the 90 day limit without Florida registration, the Sojourner Registration.
Why is this important? If you are stopped and are asked to produce documentation
about your presence in the State, you may be required to register your boat to remain. More importantly, in your registration process, you’ll be asked to produce evidence that you have paid sales tax on your used trawler
or used motor
Many states do not tax used boats, Florida does.
For cruisers entering Florida from the north via the ICW
County is your first Florida county at Fernandina Beach. This where I am. I spoke to the County office today and got what you’ll need to make this Sojourner registration painless.
County Tax Office is prepared to issue you the registration. The tax office is a short 5 minute walk to the county offices from the Fernandina Harbor Marina.
I spoke with Tina at the tax collectors office. Her number is 904-491-7400 x7450. Here is what she provided today.
Out of state vessels can enter and remain in Florida waters for 90 days without doing anything
Out of state, state – registered vessels can remain for 6 months after the 90 day grace period by using the Sojourner process
Out of state documented vessels can remain in the state for 1 year after the 90 day grace period using the Sojourner process
are approximately $3.00/ft
The Sojourner registration can be processed via mail if desired; contact Tina to have her calculate your exact costs for your boat. Mail the attached forms, copy of your registration or documentation
and a check to her at Tax Collectors Office, 416 Center Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
You should read the simple instructions and complete and take the completed Sojourner registration form with you. If you are already in the State, I suggest you take the instructions and forms with you to the county offices as the workers will not likely know about this provision."