Originally Posted by pdxsailordiver
When I looked into moving my boat to Washington. I was told I needed to pay the sales tax on the value of my boat, to get Washington registration sticker.
S/V Maria Victoria
It's an issue of terminology. If you bought the boat in WA, you would pay sales tax at the time of purchase
. I paid 9.5% in Seattle
. It depends on where you apply as it may be different in different towns/counties, but only a percent or less.
If you have paid sales tax on the boat in another state, you don't technically pay sales tax in WA again. But you do have to pay basically the same amount as an annual registration/use tax/fee and get your annual sticker.
You are supposed to register the first time you move the boat to the state on a permanent basis or after a period of 60 days (I think but it may be a little different) if the boat is physically here regardless if you think it is just "temporary" or not. There are a couple of exceptions for getting work done on boats here some of which only apply to yachts registered as LLCs. Pays to be rich I guess.
Here is the site for WA info: boat.wa.gov - Register Your Boat
It is 60 days or less to not have to register.
This is a great place to live and go sailing/motorboating, provided you are okay with overcast, rainy,and cool winters. Basically only a couple of reliably sunny months and there is a ton of fog
those months which burns off in the afternoon. Some areas are better than others. Sequim and Port Angeles have more sunshine than most anywhere else on the west side of the Cascades, i.e. where the ocean is. Everett is horrible, Seattle a little bit better but not much, Anacortes almost as good as Sequim. But 10 miles inland from Anacortes it is far more rain, cold, clouds. Lots of micro-climates here due to the mountains and waters.
This is a flat out gorgeous area though with lots of places to take a boat.