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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…

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Beyond the US Boat Registration: Safe on the Water Year Round

When February comes to an end and gives way to March, in most of North America, that means that spring is right around the corner. Sure, there will be exceptionally cold days, but the sun will start to come out more often, too, and for longer, as well. That’s the kind of thing that can…

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After National Boat Registration: Different Pathways

If you’ve been reading these blogs for any length of time, then you know that the first step in boat documentation is typically the initial registration. Should you require documentation for your vessel, that’s often the most common form to start with. However, after that, paths diverge. There are many different forms that you could…

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Fully Equipped for the US Coast Guard Vessel Registry

Like so many other conscientious vessel owners, before you head out on the water, you tend to check your own vessel. You make sure that you have everything that you need for a safe and fun trip on the water and that means life jackets that fit, a float plan, the engine, gas lines, and…

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How to Make US Vessel Registration Simple

What comes to mind when you think of “filling out US Vessel Registration?” For many vessel owners, the images are not kind ones: vessel owners hunched over forms, meticulously and nervous writing out the proper words in hopes that they don’t make a single mistake. Or, alternately, perhaps you imagine being in a dark room,…