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Old 11-23-2020, 08:36 AM   #21
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I would think a documented vessel would be easier to sell if the buyer had to finance it.

Is that true?

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Old 11-23-2020, 09:09 AM   #22
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I would think a documented vessel would be easier to sell if the buyer had to finance it.

Is that true?

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As a buyer, I found it lots easier to purchase without the USCG hassle.
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Old 01-13-2021, 07:09 PM   #23
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I had heard that a documentation service was faster, so I paid the $400 and was certified in a month, just in time for Covid to shut everything down. So it turned out that faster didn't matter.
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In speaking with a CG doc office employee one day, I asked about documentation services. I was told, doc services DO NOT get a pass to the front of the line. Strickly, first come, first served.

Now, I will say, since they do this on a daily basis, they probably make fewer mistakes than the average boat owner, so in all probability, they do get things done faster, simply by doing it right the first time.
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Old 01-13-2021, 07:30 PM   #24
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I have done it both ways. It isnít difficult but it is easy to make mistakes and that is why a lot get rejected and have to be done over.
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Old 01-13-2021, 07:38 PM   #25
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Wasasy for me to self-document the boat. The only tricky part was to obtain the critical boat dimensions to calculate its theoretical "volume." The boat's builder provided that information, but don't know how a documentation service could do that, particularly for a low-volume boat such as mine. (Am sixth of seven.)
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Old 01-13-2021, 10:06 PM   #26
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I took my measurements off the factory line drawings and got the measurements that way. Pretty easy.
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:52 AM   #27
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In speaking with a CG doc office employee one day, I asked about documentation services. I was told, doc services DO NOT get a pass to the front of the line. Strickly, first come, first served.

Now, I will say, since they do this on a daily basis, they probably make fewer mistakes than the average boat owner, so in all probability, they do get things done faster, simply by doing it right the first time.
Also consider that they submit in bulk. Many years ago, while living in Mass you used to be able to get your insurance agent to register your car for you. I had an agent in front of me in line. When it was her turn, she registered 12 vehicles.

So while I was next, it was like all of a sudden being in the back of a 12 person line.
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Old 01-14-2021, 01:34 PM   #28
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Overall, for most of us, documentation is a waste of time and money and serves no value.


But, if I were to do it, I'd ABSOLUTELY do it myself. No need to pay a fee for someone to do the same thing that I'll do. And, if a mistake is make, they'll let you know. No big deal.
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I had buddies tell me to doc my current boat vs registering it with the state. "Oh, you'll save money!" Not so in VA with my boat.
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I had buddies tell me to doc my current boat vs registering it with the state. "Oh, you'll save money!" Not so in VA with my boat.
Why did they tell you that you would save money? True, in VA you do not have to state register your boat which saves money, but overall, documenting does cost a little more than registering.
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Unless it's changed, in transferring title within the US, you walk into a USCG office, pay a fee (use to be free), and walk out with your papers. What's easier than that? The CG is much faster than DMV.

Documentation services are like any office. Your papers go into someone's in basket. If they're busy, your papers could wait a long time. Then they get mailed and put into someone's in basket. If they're busy, your papers could wait a long time. Then papers get mailed. If the USPS is busy, your papers could take a long time.
In the old days, when I was young, your documentation papers were printed on index and folded into 6 panels. If the boat specs stayed the same, the old owner signed his spot on the back and the CG filled in and stamped a spot for you. You walked out with the same papers.
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