Finally, we were able to get our boat
deal through despite of the COVID pandemic and now own a nice Beneteau
was documented with the US coast guard by the previous owner, and there was still a loan on the boat. Since this is our first boat and we were inexperienced in these things, we let the broker company do the paperwork and paid a fee for that.
with the USCG was removed since we are not US citizens, and the registration
documents were sent to the Maryland
DNR by the broker's office.
Initially, we had a temporary registration
issued by the broker's office, but that was only good for 20 days, which meanwhile has run out.
I have talked to the broker's office and asked for another temporary registration until I will get the paperwork from the Maryland
DNR. They told me I would just be okay with the one I have and the bill of sale
Meanwhile, the Maryland DNR has sent me access to their COMPASS
system. When I log into Compass
DNR Maryland, the boat is shown under "vessels" in my account. All information seems to be correct.
There is a "Vessel" #, which I assume is the one I need to put on the bow, and there is an expiration date 12/31/2021.
So far, so good. To make sure I do it right, I called the Maryland DNR and talked to the boating
department. They found my information and told me the paperwork and the registration sticker should be on their way soon. However, when I asked them if I could use the boat while the temporary registration has been run out and I don't have the paperwork from them, they said it "should" be OK.
Now I am wondering if the officers who check on boats on the water
will also find this OK?