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heliox 07-04-2017 04:31

Boat registration/Flagship ?
Hopefully about to realize a life long dream to begin cruising/live aboard, waiting to hear if my offer will be accepted by the present owner...
I wish to obtain input/advise regarding best way or option as far as registering the boat once acquired.
Boat is presently in the low windward islands under a British flag. I reside in the US and possess both a French and a Canadian citizenship...
From a commercial point of view (may be later...) I do hold a RYA yacht master and a OUPV (six pack) US coast guard license.
Not sure what would be the best course of action as far as registering the boat .
Any input is welcome, thank you for your time and hopefully shall cross paths on the high seas.

GordMay 07-04-2017 05:01

Re: Boat registration/Flagship ?
Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, heliox.

“... According to 46 CFR 11.201 (d): No officer endorsement may be issued to any person who is not a citizen of the United States with the exception of operators of uninspected passenger vessels that are not documented under the laws of the United States ...”

denverd0n 07-04-2017 05:33

Re: Boat registration/Flagship ?
Yeah, not sure how you could have an OUPV if you don't hold a U.S. passport.

Nor can you document the boat with the United States if you are not a U.S. citizen.

CSY Man 07-04-2017 05:43

Re: Boat registration/Flagship ?
Six pack is ok for a non-citizen, or used to be.
Any higher license and you have to be a US Citizen.
As for the boat, it can not be Documented to a non US Citizen.

tomfl 07-04-2017 06:53

Re: Boat registration/Flagship ?

Originally Posted by heliox (Post 2366013)

From a commercial point of view (may be later...)


Boats built out of the US are generally not to be used in commerce in US waters; in addition to the other issues noted in previous posts. As a general rule most countries restrict non citizens from working without some type of papers.

I know some folks "charter" their boats by accepting "expenses" from others but if you get caught you can lose your boats; especially in third world countries.

Boatguy30 07-04-2017 07:01

Re: Boat registration/Flagship ?
Are you looking to charter? Or just mentioning your qualifications?

If it is SSR and you have an address in the U.K. I would keep it SSR. You'll get a cruising permit good for 1 year when entering the US.

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