law requires any boat, including USCG documented boats, that stay in their waters more than 3 months to register with the state and pay any residual sales tax. Any previously paid sales tax will be credited. There is an exception for boats listed for sale
with a Maryland brokerage or boats out of service
, ie on the hard
. For a USCG documented boat you get a sticker that you put in your forward portlight or on the mast
I am surprised that you were able to buy it in Maryland without registering it or signing a statement that you will remove it from Maryland waters in 90 days. I think all Maryland brokerage firms are required to obtain that statement or register the boat.
My advice is to leave Maryland ASAP, head
south and if you never spend more than 3 months in any state you should not have to register or pay sales tax.
Your dinghy will have to be registered in some state to be legal
. Your main vessel's USCG documentation has no effect. You could register it in Va or any state that you spend more than 3 months in, but Va makes the most sense. Even if you don't spend 3 months in any state, an unregistered dinghy will be illegal in any state.