Originally Posted by S/V Alchemy
We chose federal registration primarily for international waters because it impresses foreign officials who have similar national registries.
I think you will find it's less about "impressing" foreign officials
- more about being a requirement.
Ship registration works internationally because it is done on a reciprocal basis between recognised National Ship Registries (most, if not all, countries have them). I think the days of Johnny Foreigner being impressed simply by bits of official looking paperwork are gone - you need the right
Kinda like a Passport for a boat - doesn't guarantee entry abroad, but without a valid Passport then mostly gonna be refused entry. You could probably get a Passport issued by yer local KFC, but it wouldn't get you accross too many international borders
Although we haven't taken this vessel offshore yet, I have travelled on others who have done the same thing, because outside of the U.S., few officials will understand the PCOC or the scanty registration that a province provides.
The boat needs to be on a recognised Ship Register. National Registry (in whatever country) guarantees that.
Anything lesser (local / state / regional / DIY
) will depend on any arrangements outside the norm (i.e. with Colonies / Vassel States - who get to accept whatever is conveniant for their masters...........but that not to be confused with internationally acceptable when venturing further abroad).