View Poll Results: How many documented vessels do you own
I have 2 or more documented vessels 6 4.92%
I have 1 documented vessel 102 83.61%
None of my boats are documented 14 11.48%
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Old 12-26-2017, 05:41 PM   #1
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City: Fort Lauderdale
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How many have documented vessels

In another thread, this question was asked so thought this might be a way to find out.

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Old 12-26-2017, 05:44 PM   #2
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City: Las Vegas/West Coast
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Vessel Name: Pairadice
Vessel Model: Selene 47
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We are!

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Old 12-26-2017, 06:07 PM   #3
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City: Seattle
Country: USA
Vessel Name: AZZURRA
Vessel Model: Ocean Alexander 54
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My vessel is documented. I have been trying to figure out if I should leave it documented or not. I donít have a loan so the choice is mine. Canada doesnít care if iím Documented, I donít know how Mexico feels about USA boats not being documented. Itís much harder to file a lien with the state of WA than with the coast guard. You donít have to pay $26 each year if you are undocumented.
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:10 PM   #4
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City: Camarillo
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Federal Documented vessel ?

I am.

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Old 12-26-2017, 06:15 PM   #5
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City: Concrete Washington State
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Vessel Name: Willy
Vessel Model: Willard Nomad 30'
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We are not and see no reason to be.
We’re state registered and that’s enough of government aboard our boat.

North Western Washington State USA
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:17 PM   #6
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City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
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Definition of insanity is two or more documented vessels that require pilings around them.
I have 2.

I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:23 PM   #7
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City: Seabrook, Texas
Country: Independent Republic of Texas
Vessel Name: Small World
Vessel Model: Defever 50
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Ours is documented.
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:29 PM   #8
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City: Noank
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Avalon
Vessel Model: Grand Banks 46 Classic
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Last two vessels have been documented.
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:46 PM   #9
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City: Brisbane
Country: Australia
Vessel Name: Insequent
Vessel Model: Ocean Alexander 50 Mk I
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Mine was USCG documented when I bought it. Being Australian meant that I needed to cancel that documentation, and the resulting certificate was necessary to obtain Australian national registration (documentation). This is quite a formal process, and becomes in effect a certificate of title for the boat. Necessary for any boat out of or leaving Australian waters. It's a once-only fee, there are no annual fees. But, State registration where you live is mandatory, and there is a hefty annual fee for that in some States, including Queensland.
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:53 PM   #10
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Yes, hadn't thought but all non-US boats will be polled as documented in that is all most countries have.

Our boats are documented, even the ones that don't need it. It's cheap and it might or might not ever be of benefit.
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Old 12-26-2017, 06:54 PM   #11
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City: Quebec
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Vessel Name: Bleuvet
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If what you call documented is registered with federal authorities, we do. Up here we call this a blue book as the vessel has her blue passport.

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Old 12-26-2017, 06:55 PM   #12
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City: Au Gres, MI
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Vessel Name: Never Say Never
Vessel Model: President 41 DC
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We are documented.
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Old 12-26-2017, 07:16 PM   #13
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City: PNW
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Vessel Name: Lady A
Vessel Model: Defever 44
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We are also documented.
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Old 12-26-2017, 07:30 PM   #14
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City: League City, TX
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Vessel Name: Pelago
Vessel Model: Wellcraft 3300 Coastal
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Yes, and several past boats were as well.
M/V Pelago
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Old 12-26-2017, 07:36 PM   #15
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City: Toms River
Country: USA
Vessel Name: V E N T U R E
Vessel Model: 1996 36' Island Gypsy Classic
Join Date: Dec 2009
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The past 3 boats I owned have all been documented.. This one we bought in June 2017 is not. Originally when new the boat was documented but the second owner did not keep the documentation. As owner number 3 we will probably not renew it either. J
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Old 12-26-2017, 07:37 PM   #16
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City: JAX, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Hobo
Vessel Model: Krogen 42-120
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Weíre documented and it looks like most are.
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Old 12-26-2017, 07:56 PM   #17
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City: Norfolk, VA
Country: USA
Vessel Model: Bayliner 3870
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My sailboat was documented and I kept it documented while I owned it. My current boat was documented when I bought it and I kept it documented. It was beneficial as it was cheaper in the long run for documentation but now it cost more then state registration. Only real benefit now is I don't have to have state numbers on the bow so I can satiate my vanity somewhat
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Old 12-26-2017, 08:03 PM   #18
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City: Between Oregon and Alaska
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Vessel Name: Charlie Harper
Vessel Model: Wheeler Shipyard 83'
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A documented vessel is like a piece of the US. If necessary the state department can get involved and the US military can come and get you and your vessel. A state registered vessel is like a car, a legal problem and the government only worries about the US citizens, not the vessel.
A long time ago, when I was in the navy, we recovered a US vessel and crew taken by pirates. When the local government was unwilling or unable to get the boat and crew released, the Marines went in, killed all the pirates and got the boat and crew out.
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Old 12-26-2017, 08:06 PM   #19
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City: New Orleans
Country: US
Vessel Name: Panache
Vessel Model: Viking 43 Double Cabin '76
Join Date: Mar 2011
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Bought it documented just to avoid the state knucklheads. Then they changed the state regs - more $ - now I am required to state register but "hide" the state registration. Government guys doing government stuff.
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Old 12-26-2017, 08:12 PM   #20
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City: Boerne, Tx
Country: USA
Vessel Name: HEY JUDE
Vessel Model: Kadey Krogen 36 Manatee #46
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 258
We are.

HEY JUDE, a 1986 Kadey Krogen 36 Manatee, #46 of 99. After 13 yrs on Lake Travis she's on Clear Lake TX being prepped for coastal cruising.
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