Originally Posted by Crazcarl
Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and opinions. The boat
is currently state registered in DE and will continue to be registered in DE. The current
owner has the registration
sticker, but it is not posted on the boat
. I am assuming this is correct, as a few states do not allow state registrations if USCG documented. Unfortunately, I have not called the office yet, but am currently thinking that if they did send me a notice somehow, that I can point out that the boat is not registered, nor am I registering it in FL and I can show them receipts from when I have moved the boat out of Florida
Carzcarl, hope you will enjoy many fine days of sailing. For Delaware registered vessels you must carry aboard the Certificate of Number [registration card] and display on both sides in the forward half of the boat the Validation Decals; as a USCG documented vessel you do NOT need to display the numbers on the bow. The Delaware vessel registration
remains a valid registration so long as the State of Delaware remains the vessels Principal Place of Use.
When a vessel is in use, the vessel’s registration card must be on board. Boaters stopped by Fish
& Wildlife Natural Resources Police who do not have a valid registration card on board may be issued a ticket. It is the responsibility of the vessel’s operator (not the owner) to be sure the vessel is registered, has all required safety equipment
, and that it is being operated in a safe manner.
A vessel must be registered in its “State of Principal Use.” That is the state on whose waters the vessel is used or to be used most during a calendar year [a defined term, in the Code of Federal Regulations
33 CFR Section 173.3]. Delaware regulations
state that if the vessel is to be used, docked, or stowed on the waters of this State for over 60 consecutive days, Delaware is its “State of Principal Use.” If you use your boat for a period of consecutive days in another State then that other State will require that your vessel be registered in that State, that is to say the State of Principal Use can change during the calendar year by relocating the boat. The typical statutory time period for establishing a State as a State of Principal Use is either 60 or 90 consecutive days, at which time the original State of Principal Use can become invalid by the new actual usage in the other State.
If the boat is titled in another state [i.e., not documented by the USCG] the original title must be submitted and will be kept. If the boat comes from a registering state then the registration is required with a notarized bill of sale
. If the boat is new, the manufacturer’s original certificate of origin (MCO) must be submitted. All paperwork must include the vessel hull
identification number. If the boat is currently registered in Delaware, the old registration card is required with a notarized Bill of Sale
including a description of the boat. A notarized bill of sale is not needed if both buyer and seller appear in person with picture IDs.
Homemade boats must be registered at the Dover Office (initial registration only). Copies of invoices for materials, builder’s notarized statement with description and a picture of the vessel, and witness notarized statement regarding builder
and description of vessel must be provided.
In cases involving a deceased owner, registrants will need a copy of the Death Certificate, short form of the will stating the administrator, and if sold
, a notarized bill of sale from the estate.