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Old 23-02-2015, 10:49   #1
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Hi, newby here, just starting to look for a boat.
My question is, if I buy a boat in the US do I have to register it there or can I reg it in another country?
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Old 23-02-2015, 18:23   #2
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The boat should most likely be registered where it will be kept. Most countries and US states allow visiting for a period of time, then you need to register. However each jurisdiction has tis own rules.


Many countries will not let you register a boat unless you are a resident. Other countries don't care.


Maybe if you explain what you want to do and your circumstances a better answer can be provided.
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Old 24-02-2015, 16:19   #3
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ah yes, the plan. We want to sail around the Bahamas for a few months, then island hop to balize.
Although plans may change as we gather more experience.
Thanks for the info.
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What is your citizenship and where will the boat end up long term?

PS - Sorry for the 20 questions but it may prove relevant...
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"then island hop to"
Crossing national borders, you will want a "flagged vessel". If you are a US citizen that would be a federally documented vessel, not a state registered one. Don't try the clever dodges, find out the registry laws in your home state, find out what provision they make for federally documented vessels, and often you'll have to do both. And carry a substantial liability insurance policy, and sometimes medical insurance as well. (Some countries want to make sure you won't be a medical expense to them.)


Make a list of all the places you might go, look at noonsite.com to see the rules for each one, because they are all different AND they change from time to time.
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I'm Canadian, and I have alot to learn before sailing.
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Hi Jacee, We are boat brokers as well as an ASA sailing school so we can help you buy a boat AND learn to sail! We're located in Grenada, Eastern Caribbean.

Good advice, so far. We have clients who are Canadian and they don't all register their boats in Canada. There are also tax implications to consider.
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thanks for the info everyone.
I will check out the sailing school. might be better than hiring a captain, or,lol just figuring it out as I go. although that might be an adventure.
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