U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center

What the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center Does for You

Are you becoming a boat owner for the first time? If you are, this can be an exciting moment for you. When you see that boat in the marina for the initial time, and you know it belongs to you, you will be anxious to get out on the water and start enjoying your investment.…

Coast Guard Registration

Coast Guard Registration and More With No Choppy Seas

Sometimes, being out on the water when the waves are high is good. That’s true if you’re surfing or if you’re out with friends and family while dragging some kind of fun inflatable behind your boat. However, often rough seas are just that: rough. They can make it difficult to hold your course, even presenting…

US vessel registration

You’ve Gotten Your Initial US Vessel Registration, Now What?

The task has been completed. You purchased your boat, got everything together, and now it’s yours. To make sure that you can get out on the water legally, you’ve gotten your initial US vessel registration. This is a genuine accomplishment, the kind of occasion you should savor and celebrate. The thing is, that’s not the…

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An Easier Way to Get On the Coast Guard Boat Registration Database

For many vessels, it’s a legal necessity to get onto the Coast Guard boat registration database. However, in the past, it has been difficult. Before the internet, vessel owners had to fill everything out by hand, then mail it in and hope for the best. Once online access was granted, vessel owners still found themselves…

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USCG Registration: The Vessels That Do and Do Not Require It

Here at the Vessel Documentation Center, we’re always glad to talk to fellow vessel owners. Perhaps the most common, most asked question that we receive is “do I have to register my vessel?” If you’ve never owned a boat before, the registrations, licenses, and everything that you have to get become confusing at best. We…

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How to Obtain the Correct USCG Boat Registration for Your Vessel

Safe boating almost always includes a “float plan.” By letting someone on land know where you and the vessel will be at all times, they’ll be in a better position to help more quickly should something go wrong. Before you take your vessel out on the water, you do everything in your power to make…

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Identify Boats With A US Vessel Documentation Search

Buying a boat could be your dream come true, and it makes sense to investigate every vessel that you look at before making an agreement to buy. Even second-hand boats can go for a great deal of money, so it makes sense to investigate thoroughly before you take out a mortgage or loan based upon…