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 12-27-2017, 02:05 AM   #41
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Documented. Although a little tricky for me being a permanent resident and not citizen and therefore not entitled to own a documented vessel or, for that matter, hold a USCG license. Had to set up an LLC to own the boat. Members are all family (daughter and two grandkids all US citizens). I am the manager. Makes it much easier for estate planning since they already each own a percentage of the boat.
I have a few other friends who are residents and not citizens who have this dilemma. One couple in particular who wish to live aboard their 50í ketch and had rejected state registration as a permanent solution due to perceived difficulties in foreign travel. Nor did they want a foreign flag due to restriction of time allowed in the US on each entry. To get US documentation one of them has applied for US citizenship. The process has gone remarkably fast and should complete this spring. They are remaining in US coastal waters until itís done.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:14 AM   #42
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We are federally documented and have no ugly numbers around the bow, and in California, no state registration/sticker either.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:22 AM   #43
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Certainly, a boat not US-documented but rather a state-registered boat, does not qualify as a yacht.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:26 AM   #44
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Yes much clearer now.

Think I'll stick w the state stuff.

My numbers haven't been bad looking (see pics).
The lower pic is as the numbers are now.
But of course no numbers would be better as in fly stuff.
Great looking. But how do other boats address you without displaying the boat's name?
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:28 AM   #45
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Okay. Here we go.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:32 AM   #46
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Certainly, a boat not US-documented but rather a state-registered boat, does not qualify as a yacht.
Now, I really don't want to offend you, but this is utterly ridiculous. Perhaps you had your tongue firmly in cheek. Let's hope so.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:36 AM   #47
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We canceled the documentation upon purchase. Just FL "antique" reg now.
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:55 AM   #48
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Had to set up an LLC to own the boat. Members are all family (daughter and two grandkids all US citizens). I am the manager.
Are your grandkids all over 18 years old or are they minors - and if so did that factor into things?
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:14 AM   #49
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I'm documented. I transferred it from the previous owner in August. Now I'm just waiting to get the actual registration! Lol
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:56 AM   #50
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Documented. I’m not surprised at the poll results.
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:10 AM   #51
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Not sure what "documented" means. My boat is registered with the USCG rather than the state. I was told that if the boat is not registered with the USGS they will not go beyond a certain number of miles if you call in a Mayday.

Don't know if that's true or not. I'll look in to that. What is documented?
Wow, everyday new boating myths surface here I have never heard of....

I am fascinated how the one about the USCG got started.
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:29 AM   #52
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Certainly, a boat not US-documented but rather a state-registered boat, does not qualify as a yacht.
Thank God! One handle I don't want plastered on me: "He's a Yachtie"
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:38 AM   #53
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Irrelevant?
May be even more relavant. But it seems there are plenty of doc boats here that can legality choose a hailing port anywhere within the country. But why is doing it in the first place attractive. Why I donít know but I know little about boat documentation.

State licensing seems so inexpensive and easy why would anyone do anything differently?

Well, doc or state licensed either one can choose to post their boats home port where the boat is moored. There are exceptions like Sunchaser who have situations that would lend to one of three home ports. But most of us have no reason to list their home residense as the hailing port for their boat. One member said itís all about money. I can see no connection there at all unless the doc is cheaper than the state lic and unless state lic in many states is very much higher than what Iíve experienced in Wa and Ak thatís not a good reason.

But obviously thereís some reason for all the doc boats. Whatís motivating all this federal documentation?
In my case, my charter boat was federally documented 20 years ago. At that time, federal documentation was free and Maryland's registration had an annual fee. Being a commercial vessel, there's no requirement in MD to pay the state registration if documented. My trawler is federally documented and registered in Florida. Florida requires recreational vessels register / home ported in their state to pay the registration fee whether documented or not. For additional $26, I'll maintain both the federal and state.

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Old 12-27-2017, 08:41 AM   #54
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So Art you’re a boatie?
Sabre Yes Mark has a great sense of humor.
Boy .. Vanity must run really high here w all the guys that think reg numbers are a great eyesore. I wonder how many of those guys have stickers on the bumpers of their cars?
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Or the vast majority are NOT documented but aren't inclined to post in this thread. The respondents here are self-selected; we don't know anything about the percentage of boats that are documented by posts here.

My first boat, a blue-water cruising sailboat, was documented. I had a preferred marine mortgage for a while, and it was a vessel that did international travel. Also, in those days, federal documentation carried no annual fee and obviated the need to pay state licensure, so was a real cost-saver.

Our current trawler will never voyage beyond Canada-USA-Mexico, carries no mortgage, will not carry passengers for hire, and nowadays documentation would just cost more money. There's no point in it.
I was wondering who would post this. I wanted to but was criticized for repeating myself. Re that thatís about all we do here and most of the time repeating is egged on by the previous post.

This is a good point here and much like who has all chain rode. Here it may have produced different results if the poll had asked ďhow many here have state registered boatsĒ? But in any case there are probably more doc boats than I had thought. I did notice that a lot of members not only voted but proudly proclaimed that they were documented. Could have just voted. Some to many certainly did. But Sabreís point that this poll isnít very accurate is valid however Iím going to accept as fact that there are a lot of documented boats here. But as Sabre points out the majority are probably state registered. Too bad we didnít have to claim what kind of reg we had joining TF and then perhaps it would be in our profile and a simple tally could be performed.
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Old 12-27-2017, 09:10 AM   #56
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So Art youíre a boatie?
Sabre Yes Mark has a great sense of humor.
Boy .. Vanity must run really high here w all the guys that think reg numbers are a great eyesore. I wonder how many of those guys have stickers on the bumpers of their cars?
Eric, I consider myself a pleasure boater! Owning pleasure boats - only. Specifically for the premise of pleasure boating - only! I don't go "trawling" and I don't go "yachting".

I have numbers on my boats and not stickers on my land vehicles... well, come to think of it... that statement recently became incorrect. I do now have one small sticker on tailgate of my pick up tuck in support of our 17 yr. old's (Christmas day birthday) 6'4" grandson's high school Basket Ball Team!


That's him a few yrs. ago!
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Old 12-27-2017, 09:11 AM   #57
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We are documented. I'm not sure the Dominican Republic officials would have even recognized a state registration.
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Old 12-27-2017, 09:21 AM   #58
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Sabre Yes Mark has a great sense of humor.
Boy .. Vanity must run really high here w all the guys that think reg numbers are a great eyesore. I wonder how many of those guys have stickers on the bumpers of their cars?


Nope, not into bumper stickers either.
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Old 12-27-2017, 09:38 AM   #59
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Some people think most flying bridges are an eyesore.....

Really? Many in this crowd are easy to figure out when it comes to boating whims.

Posting rebuttals just involves pages more of the same....
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Old 12-27-2017, 10:44 AM   #60
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Here it may have produced different results if the poll had asked ďhow many here have state registered boatsĒ?


Put up another poll.

But might also be useful to include more info about type.

We have two: a 19' square-stern canoe and a 10Ĺ' RIB (aka our dinghy), neither really suitable for documenting...

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