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Old 21-09-2022, 21:25   #1
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I have a boat of interest around Colon Panama

HI all,
I have a boat of interest around Colon. Whats a good place to haul out and have a survey done?? also any recommended professionals to help with title transfer ??
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Old 22-09-2022, 00:24   #2
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Is this link any help?

https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ama-58231.html

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Old 22-09-2022, 06:57   #3
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HI all,
I have a boat of interest around Colon. Whats a good place to haul out and have a survey done?? also any recommended professionals to help with title transfer ??
Thanks
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The closest place to haul to Colon is Shelter Bay Marina.

I dont have a current surveyor recommendation.

Where is the boat currently registered?
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Yes,
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Where is the boat currently registered? // Belgium ... wondering where I should ??
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Where is the boat currently registered? // Belgium ... wondering where I should ??
Are you a USA Citizen?
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yes I am / and am still learning how to navigate this site .. ?? lol
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yes I am / and am still learning how to navigate this site .. ?? lol
You being a USA citizen means that Federally Documenting (vs State registering) the boat in the USA is likely the easiest option. I've never dealt with a Belgian registration so don't know the details there, but typically you would "deregister" the vessel from the foreign registry and re-register it in the USA. The USA side of that is typically easy.

The NVDC (National Vessel Documentation Center) handles all USA Federal Documentation transactions. My interactions with them have always been positive (if a bit slow...due to staffing limitations). You can visit their web site for info:

https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organiz...tation-Center/

However, they only handle the USA side of the transaction so my suggestion is that you hire a "Documentation Service" to handle that for you. This is what they do for a living so they are typically very knowledgeable and they don't charge a lot for their services. I don't have a current recommendation for one, but I bet other members here do.
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belizesailor, That is some very good info. Thank you for taking the time.
The general intention is to pickup the boat fit it and keep on cruising (not in the direction of US necessarily) Federal registry implies no state registration and yearly state fees are necessary ... correct?? are there yearly Fed fees?? like property tax ??
One can register US Federal with no Fed. / Coast Guard on board inspection ??
also, Documentation Service State side ?? or Panama local ?? My Spanish is embarrassingly poor.
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You may be able to keep the Belgium registration, I recommend to look into that before de-registering.
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