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 12-29-2017, 10:15 AM   #121
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We purchased our trawler this year. It was USCG registered by the previous owner and we also registered.

Here in the U.S., that would likely be "documented," not "registered." Latter is the word used for State paperwork.

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Old 12-30-2017, 01:37 AM   #122
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In another thread, this question was asked so thought this might be a way to find out.


Conundrum is documented as was the previous Conundrum.
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:57 AM   #123
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Conundrum is documented as was the previous Conundrum.
Thus... bi-level Conundrum to the highest degree!
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:44 AM   #124
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One good thing about having the town you really live at as your port is that it makes a good way to meet people when cruising who live near you that you didn't know before. We've met several other cruisers we didn't know before that way.
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:49 AM   #125
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One good thing about having the town you really live at as your port is that it makes a good way to meet people when cruising who live near you that you didn't know before. We've met several other cruisers we didn't know before that way.
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:05 AM   #126
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Thus... bi-level Conundrum to the highest degree!


Indeed! What I can't believe is how long it takes for documentation to be updated.
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:15 AM   #127
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A documented boat requires a name an hailing port on the stern. How many states require this? I don't believe any, so if one wants to change the name, an undocumented boat is much easier... no title changes.

Is documentation required for a charter boat within the US?

For me, I don't see much value in being documented, with small trips out of the US to Canada and the Bahamas. Am I missing anything?
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:31 AM   #128
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Yep, my last 3 boats have all been documented. As they all cruised in Mexico, this is very important! When checking in or out of Mexico, they want your certificate of documentation.

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Old 12-31-2017, 01:18 PM   #129
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Here in the U.S., that would likely be "documented," not "registered." Latter is the word used for State paperwork.

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Indeed. It was a pre-coffee post. Pardon the incorrect word usage.
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:09 PM   #130
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Yep, my last 3 boats have all been documented. As they all cruised in Mexico, this is very important! When checking in or out of Mexico, they want your certificate of documentation.

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Feliz nueva Anos from baja sur!

Curious: did you have to buy a TIP for your entries into baja?

I know the Mexicans here at the border crossing love to see origional docs on everything I bring in (I'm ok with that), entering by land or water without "documentation" of a motorized boat over 15 feet (I think) and/or 7.5 HP motor is OK if a TIP for the vessel is bought or exists.
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:51 PM   #131
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...did you have to buy a TIP for your entries into baja?..., entering by land or water without "documentation" of a motorized boat over 15 feet (I think) and/or 7.5 HP motor is OK if a TIP for the vessel is bought or exists.
The boat does not have to be documented. You do need the current original vessel documentation or current vessel registration that shows owner ship to get a TIP though (temporary import permit). The TIP system was set up for cars originally then they extended it to boats. You can get them on line, at local consulate or when you get to Mexico. Our last one we got in Ensenada.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:40 PM   #132
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Side question - how do you display your vessel name and port when the dinghy is up?
I know people who put the boat name and hailing port on the bottom of their dinghy so the name is clearly visible when the dinghy is up and on its side.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:26 PM   #133
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Having the dinghy covering up the boat's stern and identity, shows that boat designers didn't have dinghys in mind when designing the boat. Who needs a dinghy when one goes from marina to marina?
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:19 PM   #134
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Who goes from marina to marina?

Who counts their dingy as a lifeboat?

Who uses a dingy for a 1000 other reasons every day or nearly so when cruising?

Sorry Mark but couldnt resist....

sorta like the flybridge discussion....
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Who goes from marina to marina?

Who counts their dingy as a lifeboat?

Who uses a dingy for a 1000 other reasons every day or nearly so when cruising?

Sorry Mark but couldnt resist....

sorta like the flybridge discussion....
Just saying, many boats are designed for marina-to-marina voyages because they aren't dinghy friendly.
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Well, it looks like about 90 percent of responders say their primary boats are federally documented. I'm no exception. (And my dinghy isn't registered with the state either because it is manually powered.)
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:11 PM   #137
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My insurance company says my dingy is too big. It is considered a boat by them, as such it has its own policy, itís registered with the state, itís not documented, is stowed on my upper deck. Iím guessing if I go to Mexico I will need to get the dingy itís own TIP?
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My insurance company says my dingy is too big. It is considered a boat by them, as such it has its own policy, itís registered with the state, itís not documented, is stowed on my upper deck. Iím guessing if I go to Mexico I will need to get the dingy itís own TIP?
I wouldnít worry about it unless itís real big. . We spent five years in MX and tenders never came up in the discussion. And even if you need a tip for it, the cost is $51 at customs or $48 via the internet and thatís good for 10 years. What a deal!
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:38 PM   #139
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I wish my dinghy was too big.....
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:12 PM   #140
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I wish my dinghy was too big.....
Don't worry, for some size does not matter

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