Originally Posted by Nsail
I have my documented boat in Washington for the summer and am aware that a permit is needed if it's to stay in Washington state for 60 days or more. This "visit permit" can also be renewed for an additional 60 days for a maximum visit time of 120 days. After that, it is my understanding that the boat will then need to be registered.
1. Any idea what the permit costs? I've looked and looked on the internet and the Washington state web site simply says to contact the local office for details.
2. Someone told me that if you just visit Canada (which I'll be doing) periodically that you don't need the permit as the rules mean 60 consecutive days. I'm not sure I'm buying into that as the Washington web site doesn't mention it.
Does anybody know for sure what the regulations are?
Are you leasing a slip, that's what they are going to go by? If it's a private marina, it's unlikely they will catch up with you over just one summer. Most boat inspections are conducted by the Coast Guard and as long as you have valid paperwork and are visiting Washington, they aren't going to care. But if it's a Port District or city owned marina like, LaConner, Anacortes or Friday Harbor, etc. they pay attention that boats monthly leasing slips are registered in Washington, it's a source of revenue for the cities and counties. My new tabs are laying on the dash of my boat, it was raining when I was over there last weekend. I was chatting with the port security guard when I was leaving and he reminded me I needed to put my new tags on by July 1st. So they are watching.
If you're going to Canada, be sure and bring your passport.