Originally Posted by Andy73
So I'm a bit confused...
1 - FL requires a state registration
2 - Other countries have a strong preference for CG Documentation
3 - You cannot do both
If you plan to use FL as a home port for cruising, maybe spending a few months there every couple of years, but cruising the Gulf and Atlantic. How do you satisfy everyone?
Propositional 3 is incorrect. You can absolutely do both. Most states require that documented vessels be state registered as well. My boat is documented with the Coast Guard and registered in Washington
What you *cannot* have is a boat that is CG documented and state titled
Title and registration are two different things. This is where you might be confused.
Title is proof of ownership
. Registration is literally just that: registration of your title with a governing authority (usually the state). Registration, among other things, proves compliance with state taxation and title requirements. It also can have implications for jurisdiction, but that's high technical and really not of concern here.
What's interesting (at least to us legal
nerds) about CG documentation is that it is actually a dual registration system: through documentation your boat is titled and registered with the CG, but you may also be required (or able) to register your title with the state. The latter only applies for state law. The issuer of the title document (and the original registering authority) remains the CG.
To file registration you must usually prove that you have title to the boat you are registering. You can prove title either with a state title doc or with a USCG documentation certificate.