The CBP federal cruising permit doesn't exempt you from all local fees
, only from the types of fees
listed on the permit. Not familiar with TX, but the State of Washington
, having a lot of Canadian visitors, long ago got very specific:
Foreign nonresidents are exempt from registration requirements for the first 60 days of use within 12 continuous months. RCW 88.02.570(4).
Foreign nonresidents can extend their registration exempt stay if, before the 61st day of use here, they purchase a vessel visitor permit from the Department of Licensing. This permit is valid as long as the vessel remains currently registered or numbered under the laws of a country other than the United States or the United States customs service cruising license remains valid. RCW 88.02.570(4) and RCW 88.02.610.
Foreign nonresident individuals are also exempt from registering their vessels (of 30 feet or longer) for a one-year period if they purchase a vessel use permit. The use permit must be purchased at the time of purchase of the vessel or within 14 days of first entering the state with the vessel. RCW 88.02.570(13) and RCW 88.02.620.
If you own your foreign-flagged boat
as an individual the fee is not too onerous, USD25. However, if you own your boat
as a company, partnership
, or anything other than as a "natural person" the fees start at USD25/foot
for a six-month permit.
The bottom line, in WA, if you want to stay more than 60 days you have to purchase
a state "cruising license" in addition to your federal cruising permit.