I have learned a lot from reading all of these posts. Thanks to all of you knowledgeable folks!
Now, for my story....we own a 42 ft cruiser which is currently registered in the Bahamas
. It was built in Canada
in 1972 and has never been registered in the USA. The 1972 date is important in that the boat was built before hull
numbers were required. Due to family
circumstances and health
issues, we are not able to keep the boat registered in the Bahamas
. We are beginning the process of registering the boat in Florida, where it is currently docked.
When we went the Martin County DMV, we were told that we had to have someone inspect the boat since there is no hull
number before we could get a Florida title. The folks - from Fish
- came and the forms were sent off last week. They were very nice. We were told that, once we receive the forms back, we should contact Martin County (by phone
and fax since we live in Kentucky). We are now waiting for the forms. Now for our questions....
1. When we receive these forms, will we have a title? Has anyone gone through this process? We couldn't get a definitive answer as to what our next step will be and are a bit nervous. We know that we will owe some money
to Florida and are prepared for that.
2. Should we register the boat with the Coast Guard? I would appreciate the pros and cons (if any) of doing this process.
3. Does Florida have a boating safety certificate requirement?
Hopefully I have included enough information in this post. If not, send the questions and I will do my best. Thanks in advance.
Doug and Kris