I will leave advice on Florida vessel registration to others.
However, one feature of Florida registration that is unfamiliar to many
persons answering the phone
at the registry is "antique vessel" registration.
If your boat is 30 or more years old AND is equipped with the original
type of engine
(not the same as the original engine
, see the definition on page 2) it may be registered as an "antique vessel" at greatly reduced annual fees
. (Less than $20 in most cases.)
The application form may be found here. Bring it with you to the county tax office when registering: