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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