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Old 18-11-2021, 10:05   #1
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Canadian Tender Registration for Use in US

We have a Canadian registered sailboat. Our tender is less than 10 hp so it doesn't require to be licensed in Canada. However, we are planning to take the boat (and tender) to the US and wondering what is required for the tender in US waters. I understand that simply going with "T/T" may not be adequate.
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Old 18-11-2021, 11:23   #2
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Re: Canadian Tender Registration for Use in US

You plan to register the dinghy in each state, depending upon its laws, as you go through? Where do they send the paperwork if you're in transit? Or do you want to wait in each state for them to process it before moving on? Will there be room for all the different registration numbers on the bow? What you suggest would be ridiculous. When we (from Connecticut) go to Maine, we rely on the Connecticut registration of our dinghy for use in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine - if we take the dinghy that is registered. We have an inflatable with a motor and a Dyer Dhow. Connecticut doesn't require registering dinghies without engines, so the Dyer is in a "t/t" situation. Your Canadian rules will probably apply to your dinghy, as a tender to a foreign vessel, but you should probably research the actual regulations on the USCG website to be sure. Taking someone's online word isn't worth the paper the post isn't printed on.
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Old 18-11-2021, 14:20   #3
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Re: Canadian Tender Registration for Use in US

We are Canadian and our federally registered boat has a home port of Alberta. So we registered out dingy in Alberta. It's easy, online, and free. The number is issued via email within minutes, as a temperary until confirmed. Ours was confirmed within a month.
We put the reg # on with the cheap label pack from Bass pro. They have lasted a couple years now. Kinda sun bleached though.
We haven't had any issues from any of the eastern states or Bahamas about it
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