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Old 09-09-2014, 09:23 PM   #21
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Talk to the San Diego County Tax office. We have. The law is that if it will be or is used outside California the majority of the time and will continue to be then you are exempt. But every situation is different.

Ours is San Fran Oct 10 (From WA and OR), LA Nov 15, SD Dec 8. Leave SD for Mexico on Jan 12. So we perfectly fit as transient.

Your situation will depend on how long, where previously, and where you're going. Otherwise you may be charged property tax.

The key wording is where your boat is "regularly and routinely located". From San Diego County's website:

State law requires that boats and airplanes will be assessed on January 1, starting 1997 and for each year thereafter, at the site where they are regularly or routinely located. All boats or airplanes regularly located in San Diego County are assessed here, regardless of where they are registered. ​

Ours is clearly not regularly and routinely located there.
I think you should allow more time to explore the inland waters of SF Bay and delta. Ditto interior Oregon.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:45 PM   #22
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I think you should allow more time to explore the inland waters of SF Bay and delta. Ditto interior Oregon.
We're doing the Columbia River earlier. We also have some schedule flexibility if we feel the need. Always have to leave something for return trips. If we find ourselves just unable to leave SF, then will shorten LA time on way South and return there for a bit in January. Do have to get home some time....well, don't have to, but have plans to.
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At our marina we have some people who live out of state, but their boat lives in California. Perhaps this is one group the state was targeting with this law.
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Old 09-21-2014, 08:42 PM   #24
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At our marina we have some people who live out of state, but their boat lives in California. Perhaps this is one group the state was targeting with this law.
California laws in this respect are not that dissimilar from other states, just the amount of their property tax on boats is. The range goes from none to California level.
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:34 PM   #25
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There are two different types of tax to worry about. The largest is effectively a sales tax (called use tax, but same rate as sales tax -- varies a little by county, but close to 9% in most places, and applies to the entire purchase price (or value) of the boat. If you bought the boat out of state and kept and used it out of state for the entirety of the first year, even if you are a California resident, you will be free of the use (sales) tax. That is less onerous than states like Florida and Washington that will impose a sales/use tax, even on a boat I have owned for years, unless and only to the extent I can show I paid sales (use) tax elsewhere.

The other tax is property tax. California law is very complicated on that, but if your boat is here most of the year and/or in early January, you will get the property tax (about 1.2% of value).
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