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Old 10-11-2017, 05:03 PM   #1
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Documentation?

I have owned The Promise since 2012. Bought in The Bay Area and now registered in WA. I think there may be value in getting her CG documented but the horror stories are scary. Is there an agent that could handle this for me locally in the PNW?

I've searched and could not find evidence she was ever documented.
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:14 PM   #2
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Hereís one the area. These guys helped us out when bought Hobo. Iíll give them high marks.

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We also used these guys but it was 20 years ago.

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Old 10-11-2017, 05:50 PM   #3
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Thanks Larry!
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:51 PM   #4
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Documentation is easy.


Get an agent to help, go for it.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:14 PM   #5
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Recently received a snail-mail-notice that my USCG documentation was expiring soon (Dec. 31). Noticed their website asked for nearly $80 to renew, but I elected to go to the official USCG website to just as easily to renew at under $30.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:18 PM   #6
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YOu should not be frightened by the thought of doing the documentation yourself. We documented our Silverton 40. Did take not long and certainly not challenging enough to pay someone to do it for you. But it's up to you
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:35 PM   #7
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I went to the website, but couldn't find a link to any forms that worked at all. Several dead links, and it all just seemed like double-speak.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:39 PM   #8
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try this

National Vessel Documentation Center - Instructions and Forms
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:46 PM   #9
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National Vessel Documentation Center - Instructions and Forms

The necessary forms are at the bottom of the page. Look for the Initial Issue CG-1258.

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Old 10-11-2017, 07:03 PM   #10
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Dave,

This is the site to search and see if there has ever been documentation of your boat.

http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/Coas...selByName.html

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Old 10-11-2017, 07:17 PM   #11
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Oh, there's a lot of discussion in this and other boating forums about boat documentation and processing delays, and cleverly disguised third party documentation "facilitators" ripping people off with higher fees but all that aside, it's not a big deal. I'm not sure there's much useful purpose to it unless you're boating beyond the US/Canada/Mexico trio, but we still keep our documentation current just for kicks (and we're 1,500 miles from saltwater). We just do it for the cool nautical cache' really.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:23 PM   #12
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Documentation keeps those ugly registration numbers off the hull and requires one to post the boat's name on the hull. Every boat deserves a name.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:45 PM   #13
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Thanks Bob, Mark, & all. I must have been blind. Yes our boat has never been documented. I will give this a go.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:20 PM   #14
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I re-doumented a boat just purchased. I just called the USCG doc. center and they were amazingly helpful. Walked me thru the whole process and didn't make me feel stupid. Only problem was that it took 3 months to receive my doc.papers. I believe that's par for the course.

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Old 10-11-2017, 09:28 PM   #15
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I bought my new to me boat in August and had the documentation transferred (new name too). The documentation service told me it would take 3-6 months for an official "hard" copy.

Why the hell does it take that long??
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:00 PM   #16
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...The documentation service told me it would take 3-6 months for an official "hard" copy. Why the hell does it take that long??
That's actually much faster than it's been in the past. Took us about 8 months to get ours around 2015. The Nat'l Doc Center posts processing times on their website, but from my own case the processing times they self-report are nonsense. I did forget that nice benefit of not cluttering my hull with state registration numbers, that is another good reason to do federal documentation, if the look of a clean hull is important to you, even if it's just aesthetic. I did try to correct the tonnage of our boat twice, they show 21 gross tons, but it's actually 26,000 lbs, or 13 tons. After two letters to them with manufacturer's specs attached I gave up because it's doesn't really matter, I'm just being fussy for no good reason. It is a relatively easy process overall though. The FCC station licensing for the VHF radio was much more complex and mind-bending.
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:16 PM   #17
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Others will probably weigh in, but gross tons is a measurement of interior space, not the weight of the boat. There has been a lot of discussion of this issue in past threads.
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100 cubic feet is a ton. Going back to frontier days cargo was shipped by volume apparently. So a ton of cargo typically took up 100 cubic feet. It is not a weight measurement.
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You don't necessarily have to have an agent, you can do it yourself. If you do choose to use an agent, steer clear of these folks: https://uscgdocumentation.us/
They're shady. Lots of posts regarding their deceptive website and tactics. They overcharge and are unprofessional.

Unless there's an issue with obtaining clear title, you should be able to do the process yourself. The OFFICIAL USCG site is found here:
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