ExchangeGeek. Better PM me with your phone
number. This is not all that complicated but its easy to miss important stuff on this forum. For instance, if you USCG doc your boat
, or if you buy one that is already documented, and then state register it, your USCG documentation
will automatically be invalid.
Now I can hardly wait for those on the form to posit that I am full of it but this true. The USCG will not know that you have state registered, and therefore invalidated your documentation
, they will just keep sending you renewal notices and you will keep on paying them. But if anything happens that you will need the protection and benefits of documentation; accident
, law suit, insurance
, etc. and a search is run, some smart lawyer will discover that your USCG doc has been invalid for the last twenty years, or whatever.
States like Florida
, with personal property taxes
, require documented vessels to sort of fake "register" for tax purposes only. They give you a decal to display on the boat
(no state numbers) so they can walk the marinas
and scan the anchorages
and see whose been in state without a decal for more than the maximum period allowed. This has no legal
standing at all except with their tax collectors.
I've been in Puerto Rico
for the last few days setting up a new charter
deal. I will be back in Honolulu (home port for the boat I've moved to PR) for a few days tomorrow, so PM me with your phone
number and we can talk on Thursday or Friday.