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Old 23-03-2013, 09:03   #16
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Re: Foreign Registered Vehicles & State Regulations

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I would guess that once the dinghy leaves the 'mother ship' she is a vessel in it's own right.
In Canada we are not required to register a dinghy if the outboard is under 9.9hp. Is that the same in the US or is every motorized (or un-motorized) vessel required to have a registration number?
Each state has different requirements as far as registering small vessels. In general, if your dinghy has a motor, you should check with the state to see if you need to register it.

If your dinghy has a current registration from your host country, it should be accepted, if you have a valid cruising permit.

There is NO requirement in the US to mark your dinghy with your boats name, i.e.: "T/T Sinks Alot". Lots of people do it, but it is not required by USCG or any state to my knowledge, but again check with the State to make sure. There is a USCG and IMO requirement for vessels subject to inspection (Comercial Vessels) to mark their lifeboats with the name of the ship.

Also the USCG does not recognise your dinghy as a lifeboat.
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Old 23-03-2013, 09:39   #17
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Re: Foreign Registered Vehicles & State Regulations

No, I don't expect that the dinghy needs a permit, at least there was no such talk about it when I did my cruising permit. I was just ruminating that dinghies, unlike the mother ship, would need to adhere to local regs rather than those of the ship and that is why the St. Maarten water police was able to issue those expensive tickets last year to a lot of cruisers in the Lagoon; it was mainly a money-gathering scheme, but the legality was debated at the bars and on the morning VHF network.
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Re: Foreign Registered Vehicles & State Regulations

I have heard, but do not know this, that dinghies from a foreign vessel have been stopped and fined for not having numbers on the dinghy. Most states in the USA will let you slide on dinghy numbers, but you never know when you'll get hit by an official on a bad day. I believe every state requires motorized dinghies to have numbers on the bow, so without numbers your dink will stand out like a sore thumb. I strongly suspect that if you had some sort of foreign registration numbers on the dinghy you wouldn't have any problem. If your home country does not require numbers, maybe paint the mother ship's number on the dinghy too?
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I think I will do that when I next visit the U.S. mainland with the boat. The USVI is so close to the BVI and other Caribbean countries that such rules are not enforced there, but in areas where fewer furriners show up that is probably different.


On the subject of tenders, last year in the BVI I saw an AIS blip on my plotter and saw that it was "Man of Steel" (see Inception Yacht (ex. Man of Steel) - Heesen Yachts motor...) doing over 40 knots. I was amazed that a superyacht could do that kind of speed - until I saw that it was a somewhat smaller vessel. It turns out that the tender has it's own MMSI AIS transmitter, a cabin with AC, and 750HP in 3 outboards! It also cost more then a half-million dollars...
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