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Old 20-02-2015, 17:03   #31
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Re: Bahamas with neither USCG nor State documentation

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If the boat is in Florida now (sounds like it is), make a stop in Green Cove Springs Florida at St. Brendan's Isle. Its a mail forwarding po box. You can get a Florida address there, they will help you with the necessary forms, then drive two blocks to the DMV and register the boat. You get your registration and stickers on the spot. This takes only about 3 hours.
But he will need to get a certificate of title as well. Foreign ports need this to prove ownership. I understand the Florida Gov people will help on this.
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Old 20-02-2015, 17:12   #32
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Florida will issue a title on the spot...extra five bucks not to wait for it in the mail...speedy title

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Old 23-02-2015, 19:49   #33
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Re: Bahamas with neither USCG nor State documentation

Agree with gilsgan. Delaware is the way to go. The Delaware LLC route is in my opinion a scam. Totally unecessary.
Delaware is very strict about documents, but you can talk to them on the phone ahead of time. You need a US address to receive the registration (St Brendan's Isle is great) and its $20 a year, or three years for $60. Turnaround time is less than a week. You must represent that the boat will be used in Delaware waters.



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You must represent that the boat will be used in Delaware waters.

Is it really worth your integrity? I guess each must decide.
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Old 23-02-2015, 20:52   #35
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Re: Bahamas with neither USCG nor State documentation

Sorry I've been absent; I've been cruising the boat! Multiple local sources said that on the west coast north of the keys, there's not a LEO problem and to just go have fun. I've only just upgraded my anemic data plan so that I can now CF to my heart's content.
I had a long conversation with the Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center this morning to get my paperwork in order, and wanted to close the loop for any future readers. According to them, USCG documentation is what I need, and I cannot get a Florida title if I want that. In fact, USCG requests a copy of the signed over title (I.e. The title of the seller) so as to establish chain of ownership but don't want a fresh title.
I understand from local cruisers here that I may get into hijinx with Florida LEOs about the boat not being registered, but that, if USCG documentation is on board, their standard practice is to issue a warning first before a fine, and that consequences are not dire. I'm now in the same situation as every other southbound boat with USCG doc but no state registration. If I do get into a spot with FL LEOs, however, I'll think about Deleware. Since the boat's destination in a year may be MD, she'll be used there as well. Nothing wrong with keeping a pound of flesh that FL has no right to take, I barely eat enough on the boat as it is! My reasons for all this confusion were mostly sentimental though: I wanted my boat to say "Boston, MA" on the stern and for other cruisers to feel free to yell out, "Hey, you can pahhrk yer boat over heeah!" when I sailed into an anchorage.
Thanks for the suggestions, the research tips, the guides to follow, and the help.
Now I'm cruising to the keys until my USCG documentation arrives. Should be a week and a half to two weeks, so I hope to be in Miami by the time the actual papers get to a FL mailing address; unless there are any really strong reasons to see the Dry Tortugas?



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