Originally Posted by Palarran
Why would being US Coast Guard documented facilitate clearing in procedures in foreign ports?
I have heard that when attempting to clear into foreign ports with State registration you may have difficulties. This has not happened to me personally since all previous boats have been USCG documented. This seems to be esp. true in the French ports eg, Martinique
and Guadalupe. The reason given is that some States do not include all the required information on their registration documents. Since documentation
is inexpensive and easy to obtain, it seems worthwhile. We also believe that the USCG maintains an active database on all documented vessels and if you've had no prior infractions, they will often waive an inspection
. This has actually happened to us on several occasions once we radioed across the particulars of our documented vessel. Another advantage is that a perception exists, whether true or false, that a documented boat has good title when buying
or selling. These are some of the reasons why we choose to document all our boats.