I would this thread to be just reporting of local your local and national requirements and a discussion of the same and especially of any idiosyncrasies that pertain in your part of the world. Essentially we are talking boats here, not skippers or crew.
Some other recent threads plus many old ones have shown how much difference there is in many parts
of the world when it comes to cruising red tape
Just tell us what it is like to register a boat where you live.
Let me start: for instance, in the state of Western Australia
, any vessel that has an engine
OR can be fitted with an engine
has to be state registered (unless it meets the small tender
to a registered yacht exemptions). Note that it doesn't matter if the engine is not actually fitted, as long as there is a practical provision for fitting an engine.
So my mate has little 8 ft inflatable
dink with a transom designed for an small outboard
but he doesn't own an engine, just paddles it around - has to be registered but my other mate has a same size boat but with no so such transom, he also just paddles - doesn't have to be registered.
My 31' yacht has to be registered 'cause it has an engine but if I remove the engine AND the engine bed
, shaft, prop, skeg etc, no registration
is required. However if I want to use a mooring
, I have to be registered - engine or not, but this is a mooring
requirement, not a boat registration
This state registration has to be renewed every year so essentially it is a tax and AFAIK, it applies to any boat whose owner resides in this state regardless of their nationality.
But if I want to sail to foreign port, I must be on the Australian shipping
register. This is somewhat harder to achieve but once on it, you are there for good and it is a once only fee. It also the highest proof of ownership
of the vessel. It is however, limited to vessels owned by Australians and it does not exempt one from state registration requirements.