Being a non-citizen of the US is no bar to forming a US-based LLC. Because of the US federal organization, boats are licensed at the state level but documented (ie, registered) at the federal by the US Coast Guard, a practice that predates the formation of the Republic.
Delaware is a famous place to form an LLC and license
or ship. However, there are many states to choose from. I favor the one-time permanent license
offered by Montana or New Mexico
The advantage of the LLC? PRotection against unlimited liability in case of collision
damage, or injury due to accident
. But as a Canuck, this may be the least of your concerns.
OK - so consider that the expense of going American is at least ten times less than going to register your boat in the British Virgin Islands
, or, say, Gibraltar
But go to, for example, https://www.newmexicoregisteredagent...ew-mexico-llc/
To form an LLC, one must go thru a registered agent to receive your state government
notices. (Not that they are likely to affect you!) After formation, one must also update annually and pay. small fee.
(This is true of any company in the BVI
or Marshall Islands
So, after paying say $200 - you have your LLC. You register your boat and dingy ONLINE with the state for it. And finally,. you pay your....is it $200? I think to the US CG, ONLINE, once.
Then you are done.
It'a great deal. Better than the 400Euros Belgium wants - or more in Europe
for International travel (600Euros). (Although these are three-year rates....I think.) And you still need a corporation as a non-EU resident...say, one in the UK.
I have seen LLC deals at $33 or $35 per year after incorporation in New Mexico
. The other lowest is $50ish in Montana. (And no, your can change your registration
provider! Ergo, the service
is very competitive.)
That's your single
continuing annual cost to maintain your international "registration," good for making all ports
of call (save, probably, North Korea
, and Iran).
One catch is that you must name a home port with the USCG. It can be any US city - even one with no ports
like Denver at 5,260 feet! Or maybe somewhere small...or a US border town you've visited and like.
is your friend. And you should check out the costs of your boat's license online. And the USCG. Then 'just do it!' Maybe make your LLC name Canadian and patriotic, or something from local sailing history
or lore that you love?