Originally Posted by Rsmith3
I'm sorry for the new guy question, but I'm assuming that you cannot sail a boat with a lein on it out of the country? Is that the case? My boat purchase is a few years off but I intend to pay upfront for the vessel. When this is done do I just register it with the USCG? I've owned many boats but they have all been offshore fishing
boats that I have no intention of going across an ocean on and registration
process is simple. Thanks for the information.
Someone might correct me on this but I've never heard of a restriction. The bank might make it a condition of the loan but I don't think anyone else cares.
If you plan to take it out of the country, just document it when you buy it. If there are any issues you can get them resolved up front as it can take a while to assemble all the necessary pieces of paper. As an example, on the boat I'm buying
, a previous satisfaction of lien didn't get recorded and the bank is not being helpful. And the Coast Guard are bound by the Federal Code of Regulations
, so all the pieces of paper need to conform.
Hint: For any document, check if it needs to be notarized. Or just notarize everything - it's easier to do up front rather than after the fact.
You can also use a documentation service
but I never thought it was worth the fee, especially when a quick call to the CG will tell you exactly what you need.
You might want to read this and, as I said, they are very helpful on the phone
. USCG National Vessel Documentation Center, FAQ