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Old 10-12-2017, 02:07 AM   #21
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Thanks for the heads up Maerin, I will give it a go myself.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:55 AM   #22
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I did it all myself through the USCG web site. A couple of forms, and check, and they emailed all along with the progress....
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:03 AM   #23
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Keep copies of the application form as proof you have applied for documentation.
I believe that technically you should not operate until dpcumentation is received and all name port #s have been applied.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:16 AM   #24
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Keep copies of the application form as proof you have applied for documentation.
I believe that technically you should not operate until dpcumentation is received and all name port #s have been applied.
They emailed me a confirmation of application and said that that would serve as documentation until they sent the official copies.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:23 AM   #25
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One benefit of a documented boat, you don't have to put on those hull numbers.
No annual taxes on the boat..... IF IF you declare your home port other than where you keep the boat. My boat is in Florida but the home port is Atlanta, Georgia. Shhhh, don't stirrup the mud.
Disadvantage, the government can 'borrow' your boat in time of war.' They must return it in at least the same condition as when they borrowed it.
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:07 AM   #26
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Filing for the documentation is easy, I just did it. I used the priority option and received the cert in about a week.

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I did it all myself through the USCG web site. A couple of forms, and check, and they emailed all along with the progress....
When you put the documentation on an obvious place, a stringer, don't forget the period. I am told, the USCG will gig you for no period.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:23 PM   #28
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Marine Documentation Service, Inc did mine, and it was anything but easy. A clear trail of previous ownership and registration is the key, and the certificate of origin. My vessel had the PO lose the certificate of origin, and the boat had never been registered or documented. It sat on a dock in Virginia (not in the water) and was never registered.

Luckily Willard Marine was able (still being in business) to certify the build, and eventually I was able to get Documentation. It IS nice not having those big ugly numbers on the hull :-)
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