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Old 08-04-2020, 12:10 PM   #1
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Massachusetts documented vessel decal

I recently purchased a documented trawler (still waiting for the final doc's) and have paid the sales tax online and have my ST6. I think I still need to have a window decal on it. I can't find any info on line and the voice mails I have left to the MEP have not been returned. Does anyone know if I do need the decal and if so what do I ask for and from whom? Thanks
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Old 08-04-2020, 12:15 PM   #2
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No decals necessary for the "documented vessel" part of your registration, you just have to make certain the doc number is posted somewhere inside the boat on a stringer or somewhere easily visible and covered with a clear sealant that would easily show if someone tried to remove it. Google the requirements for a doc vessel.

Mass may require a sticker on the window but not the reg numbers posted on the hull. That's what WA does. Call a local boat dealer and ask them what Mass's requirements are.
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Old 08-04-2020, 02:59 PM   #3
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Generally when you pay your tax, they'll give you the sticker. It should have instructions on the back. The clerk may or may not know.

At any rate, name and hailing port clearly visible and readable, plus the documentation ID number somewhere on the hull such that tampering would be evident, plus your MA tax sticker, are all you need. No numbers allowed on the forward half of the hull.
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No sticker or Mass registration required for a documented vessel in Massachusetts.
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No sticker or Mass registration required for a documented vessel in Massachusetts.

That's the right answer.
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Old 08-04-2020, 08:17 PM   #6
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No sticker or Mass registration required for a documented vessel in Massachusetts.
Correct. Local harbormaster may require a local permit to dock/moor in local water to prove you paid local excise tax, but there are no state mandated decals.
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Thank you everyone for answering this question.
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And also, if that boat has been documented before, then the documentation number is already somewhere on the boat.
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No registration needed in Massachusetts, but other states... “Florida” May stop you asking for a sticker, local “mooring permits are common. Helps the them find you to collect Annual excise tax...
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https://www.mass.gov/boat-registration

You do not need to register non-motorized boats or if the U.S. Coast Guard has issued you documented registration.
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