Originally Posted by Captain Ludd
I'm now finding out that one of the officers or directors has to reside in the state, seems they charge about $500 pa for this "service"
Not certain of the exact charges but there are many companies in Delaware that offer this service
and will supply company officers, fulfill any residency requirements, etc. But it will cost you at least a few hundred US$ for the service
and that is a yearly fee.
Something to consider. In the USA there are two different ways to "register" a boat. The first, more formal process is properly called "documentation" and is handled by the US Coast Guard. This is the procedure you're dealing with and has the requirements for citizenship.
There is a second, easier, less expensive method which is registration
with a state. This method has no requirements for citizenship, is typically $100-$300 and generally needs nothing more than a mailing address which is easily arranged.
The downside, the paperwork is not as "official" looking and you might have a problem clearing into some countries without the USCG papers. From experience I can confirm that state registration
is accepted in the Bahamas
of the Caribbean
so this is a subject you might want to research.
Bottom line, you will have to donate a pound of flesh to someone, somewhere to register the boat. Will just depend on how much you donate and how much red tape
is involved to do it.