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Re: USCG Certificate of Documentation
No need to chase URLS in long threads ..
The problem, according to the FL tax people in the URL's you didn't chase down, is that Maine does have a numbering system, but not for federally documented vessels. Therefore, #2 does not apply.
They could be completely wrong about this legally but proving it would cost a lot more than the fine and take a few years the way the court system works.
Their position is that, since I could give up my documentation and come to Florida with Maine numbers on the bow, my documentation does not constitute reciprocity.
The whole thing is completely screwy and it is quite possible that, the next time someone checks with the tax office, they'll be told you are right. However, given the bad law enforcement climate in Florida, I don't want to be arguing the point with some local cop.
Last edited by Roger Long; 03-17-2013 at 04:18 PM.