Re: Paying for Document
Repetitive paper: You guys have a point. But in order to consolidate it, you probably would need to get every agency to revise their systems, at major expense. And then find one "leader", which couldn't just/always be the documentation number or a state reg number since not all states will require that.
Of course if you can apply for everything online and your browser has autofill turned on...at least there's a lot less typing to do.
I'd expect the EPIRB (which requires additional contact information), ship's station license, DHS, and Documentation could certainly be tied together, although that would require the FCC to yield some authority and funds to the USCG and these kids do not tend to share. But if no one has suggested that idea to them yet, you know?
That could be worth pursuing.
Sending out a piece of mail annually, just ensures someone really "resides" somewhere. Even if they don't. Given how often people move, and sell boats, that's not entirely unreasonable.