Thanks for replies and links.
I am learning
A vessel is registered only if only paperwork is in California.
This type of vessel is indeed "undocumented" and does Not carry the US flag protections.
Yes I read reports that people have indeed wandered far from California using only California registration papers, however this is certainly something I would not do.
Further I don't think it is even possible anymore since I have to carry an international AIS
and this comes from the federal government
I suspect the vessel has not been in California for more than 20 years. Further I am not in California and there are zero plans to sail back into US waters. Therefore,
#1 Still waiting to see actual papers on boat and suspect no renewals were paid to California.
#2 Wondering if there is an unpaid lien on the boat.
#3 Still unsure if State of California would demand any unpaid renewal fees
before I could legally flag vessel.
#4 Still have not heard from anyone who has experienced flagging and documenting a vessel that was only registered in a State and never federally flagged.
I am am doing my due diligence and informed the seller, no broker involved, documentation
is my number one question.
#5 This is more a local SE Asia
directed question to all those who have reflagged their vessel In Langkawi Malaysia
. It has to be more about due diligence to understand my risks when it comes time to sell. Most buyers of this vessel likely would reflag into Langkawi or Thailand
. I highly doubt it is possible to reflag an unflagged vessel and am curious if anyone has managed to reflag a vessel that was only registered.
In other words it is impossible for this seller in the Philippines
to sell his vessel to anyone accept an American. Citizen who has the capacity to flag the vessel. Any other nationality, Americans interested in owning boats in the Philippines are few and far between, would have to accept ownership
on the basis of it being undocumented.
And, now I just realized I have a new can of worms to open.
What if the seller isn't American? Can they even legally sell the vessel if they themselves did not update registration into their own name because they couldn't?