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Old 03-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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how long to documnet?

Hey Guys,

Do any of you know how long the documentation transfer process usually takes? It's been about three weeks now with no word and I am a bit worried as I need to get my customs decal (which I am hearing is backed up and taking about 60 days) prior to a Bahamas trip in June.

Do you think I can get the customs decal using the existing CG ID # before the transfer of documentation takes place?

Thanks,
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
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Hey Guys,

Do any of you know how long the documentation transfer process usually takes? It's been about three weeks now with no word and I am a bit worried as I need to get my customs decal (which I am hearing is backed up and taking about 60 days) prior to a Bahamas trip in June.

Do you think I can get the customs decal using the existing CG ID # before the transfer of documentation takes place?

Thanks,
Doug
The Doc number doesn't change..just the owners and wheher or not currently documented.

Have you checked with the USCG? Call the Nat Vessel Doc Center.
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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The Doc number doesn't change..just the owners and wheher or not currently documented.
That's correct. Have a bill of sale in your possession when obtaining your other documents.
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If I remember correctly, it took a couple months for mine but the documentation company sent me a letter to use in the meantime if I was questioned. I wasn't.

I'm not sure what would happen outside of the USA.
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Look at recreational reissue. They are about 3 months behind. When boats were selling it could take 6.

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We are still waiting after three months.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:57 PM   #7
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You can go to the web site and see which month's applications they're processing. Last I looked (this week) they were in December. Just hope you have everything in order. If not they send it back for correction and you go to the back of the line.
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We received our paperwork March 14,2013 issue date; November 30, 2012 was the application date. From what others have told me this was a pretty quick turn around from this government agency.
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I am sure that sequestration will be the universal excuse for any government activity delays or inaction!!
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:26 PM   #10
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So I went on the customs and border patrol site and found I could get my customs decal with just a Hull ID number since I already had an account set up wiith them for the old boat.

Are you guys saying I should be able to bring my bill of sale down to the tag office and register the boat in Florida without documentation numbers? I tried to do that and they said I needed a title. But then again, I was in the Crawfordville, FL tag office. I doubt they see more than 1 documented boat come through every 5 or 6 years.

I would think a FL registration would get me right through Bahamian customs. That was what we used with the old boat as it was not documented.
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