Originally Posted by hellosailor
You might want to get a broker or attorney involved. The problem I would forsee is that a US flagged vessel must have a US home port. Now, whatever magic the Moorings did way back when...if the boat was never IN the US, it could hardly have a bonafide US home port, could it?
I don't know the answer to that but suspect that somewhere along the way, some bureaucrat may ask the same question. And unless you have a detailed answer citing otherwise, they may start throwing taxes and penalties at you. If you have any written correspondence, tax exemption statement, etc. from the old days, now is the time to find them.
has a 'hailing port' NOT A HOME PORT!.
you can have a hailing port as DEATH VALLEY (a well known marine
The hailing port is to help define uniqueness from the names.
The CA tax authorities call the hailing port the home port, and claim it implies a tie to CA, and they will try to tax you regardless of being in CA or not.
Of course, they look at it as you re guilty, and must prove yourself innocent.
Regardless.. Home porting and hailing port ARE different things.
I would suggest using a hailing port that IS NOT BASED IN CA.... just to help them with their fixation.
Also, re the tax issues.. A good maritime lawyer is your (very expensive) friend that probably will help save you from overzealous tax collectors.