We bought our boat in NZ from a Swiss couple residing in Germany
. Documentation took less than an hour of our time (and was all handled from NZ by email/mail).
USCG Form 1258 - Application for Documentation
USCG 5397 - Simplified Measurement
USCG 1340 - Bill of Sale
As noted above, notarization/apostile was handled in Germany
by the sellers. As long as you get it done in a signatory country you don't have to go far/work too hard for it.
Also had to submit the foreign registration complete with certificate of deletion. Since Switzerland (for us, the PO registration) is a document/title country that was all we had to submit, USCG accepted the Swiss registration as proof of chain-of-ownership from prior owners.
The NVDC is really good on the phone
(slow on the paperwork), just give them a call if you have questions.
[Edit] far more important, from an importing perspective make sure any engine(s) are EPA compliant and have an affixed EPA emissions sticker.
Have a look at EPA Form 3520-21
. You really want to be able to check Box C in Section 1 and Box 1 or Box 17 in Section 2. Box 17 is for engines older than approximately 1999/2007 (depends on the size of the engine
, see table at the back of the form). If you can't check Box 1 and/or don't have a sticker then things get complicated.
When we imported the boat the only things CBP cared about were the check for 1.5% of value and EPA Form 3520-21.