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Old 15-03-2015, 11:56   #1
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USCG documentation?

I have read on this forum that USCG documentation is a hassle. I am just starting construction of a power boat in the Philippines. Philippine rules require any Philippine registered powerboat to carry a Filipino Captain, a bit of a problem on a 25 ft boat. I am an American and from what I read on the USCG web site I should be able to meet documentation requirements. Am I missing something? My alternative is to document in Lankawi, Malaysia a flag of convenience. I would obviously prefer to be US flagged if it isn't a problem.
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Old 15-03-2015, 12:54   #2
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Re: USCG documentation?

Wow ! To be documented and "foreign built " will take an act of congress to get past the Jones Act !
Boat must measure five tons as opposed to weighing five tons .
Might be difficult .
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I don't know if this helps, but a foreign built boat has to admeasure less than 5 net tons to participate in US fisheries. A lot of Canadian fishing boats have made it into the fishery by being admeasured and then getting state registration numbers.

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Re: USCG documentation?

I won't be commercial fishing or carrying passenger for hire so being over 5 tons admeasure is the requirement. In fact I consulted the designer about stretching the boat 10% in order to make the 5 ton limit. As the boat will be used exclusively for pleasure I am not sure if the Jones Act applies. I appreciate all the replies Thank you
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Old 15-03-2015, 14:05   #5
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If it's just the documentation process you're wondering about, I didn't find it to be a problem. There are documentation companies that do this if you want help.

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