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Why document a vessel

Why Document a Vessel? Find The Reasons Here!

Why document a vessel? This is likely a question you’ve asked yourself at least once if you’re a recreational boat owner. The purchasing process on its own was already likely a tedious one for you. Now, you have to take care of the post-ownership requirements like titling and documentation, which aren’t a walk in the…

Renew vessel documentation online

Avoid Higher Costs When You Renew Vessel Documentation Online

In December 2020, the Boat Owners Association of the United States sent a warning to all vessel owners to be wary of receiving any letters that offer documentation renewal. The US Coast Guard has been noticing these practices since 2017, stating that certain commercial entities are offering to take care of the certification and renewal…

Certificate of Documentation

US Vessel Certificate of Documentation: Why is It Important?

Just like any motor vehicle on land, recreational sea vessels need the necessary documents and paperwork. In this case, the US Vessel certificate of documentation is necessary to allow the Coast Guard to see if each watercraft meets the requirements.  In essence, the document serves as a national registry, just like how social security numbers…

certificate of documentation

All You Need to Know About Certificate of Documentation 5-Year Renewal

Have you taken care of your certificate of documentation with the Coast Guard? So you’ve purchased yourself a recreational sea vessel. It’s a nice, generous-sized boat that could be your personal haven on water, a floating hotel, or bed-and-breakfast, if you may. You’ve taken care of all the fees and prepared yourself for the expectedly…

US Vessel Documentation Center

Is the US Vessel Documentation Center Legitimate? (Learn Why It Is!)

You’ve likely heard about the US Vessel Documentation Center and what it’s about. And even if you haven’t, you get the basic idea based on the name itself. However, it can easily draw skepticism on those who either had a bad experience in the past or those who are just not that easy to trust…

Vessel Documentation Reinstatement

A Guide on Vessel Documentation Reinstatement

After 30 days of expiration, you must apply for vessel documentation reinstatement. Bear in mind that reinstatement does not entitle a vessel to documentation. Only the current Certificate of Documentation is valid for operating a vessel. If you are looking forward to operating a ship, you must keep your documentation valid and up to date.…

USCG Documentation Transfer

USCG Documentation Transfer & Exchange in a Few Clicks

Are you looking for transferring and/or exchanging important USCG documentation? Dealing with the correct paperwork no longer has to be difficult. Learn how to apply for USCG documentation transfer easily on Vessel Documentation Online. Getting Started So what exactly do you need to do to achieve a USCG documentation transfer? First, head to our transfer/exchange…

Documented Vessel

Documented Vessel Definition in 2021

A documented vessel is a ship registered at a national level by the Federal Government through the United States Coast Guard. It’s one of the oldest functions of the US Government, dating back to the 11th Act of the First Congress. Documentation proves the ship’s nationality for international purposes and also legitimates commerce between the…