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Old 07-12-2016, 16:10   #1
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Other ways to check on documentation process?

We bought a boat which was USCG documented. The broker sent in the forms to USCG for the sale of the boat. I filled out the transfer of documentation form (not quite called that, but you understand) and mailed it on 3 October; the check was cashed about a week later. When I go to the USCG Documentation site, the listing appears to be nonsense; it has references to fishing registration and other junk.

What other means are there to check on the status of the documentation?
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Old 07-12-2016, 16:27   #2
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Re: Other ways to check on documentation process?

Call them, I've always had them return calls promptly and be very responsive.
https://www.uscg.mil/nvdc/nvdcpoc.asp
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Old 07-12-2016, 17:43   #3
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Re: Other ways to check on documentation process?

they are very understaffed and very backed up. It took me 5 months to get my documentation. However, if you are about to leave the country and you really need it they will expedite. I also found them to be quite helpful. Not fast unless you really need it but no runarounds either.
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Old 07-12-2016, 21:49   #4
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Re: Other ways to check on documentation process?

For 2 years running VDC has screwed up renewal of my certificate, which should be an easy, automatic task. I wouldn't rely on anything I might find in their database -- for my own vessel, I know there are erroneous and duplicate certificates entered.
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:49   #5
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Re: Other ways to check on documentation process?

My documentation change took 4 months.

If you are searching by name you may find many boats listed. There are twenty plus boats named Blind Faith, for instance.

Patience is a virtue. Phone calls are cheap.
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Old 08-12-2016, 15:40   #6
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Re: Other ways to check on documentation process?

Been waiting for mine since June
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Old 08-12-2016, 15:45   #7
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Re: Other ways to check on documentation process?

Thanks for perspective. I mailed in the forms for our new (to us) boat on 9/27. Previously undocumented, we moved her from VA to GA. The check was cashed a week later. Still no CG response. I'll be patient.
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Old 08-12-2016, 16:55   #8
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Re: Other ways to check on documentation process?

When I called the recording said to go to their website to check. When I did, it didn't make any sense. I emailed the webmaster and got a useful reply. My paperwork was received on October 6, but they are only up to processing forms received on August 9. Might be a while.....
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