Originally Posted by smurphny
It is really incredible how many repetitive pieces of paper are required for such a simple thing as going sailing: EPIRB regist., Homeland Security sticker, Radio licenses, State Registrations, Dink registrations, Fed. Documentation, not to even mention clearing in and out anywhere...geez, you almost need a freakin' full time clerical staff
It's a lot easier for me. I don't have EPIRB, no homeland security sticker, my VHF doesn't require licensing, I'm in VA so documented boats don't need state registration and since I never leave the Chesapeake or its tributaries, I never clear in or out of anyplace except occasionally checking in as a guest of a marina.
I would say the vast majority of sailers (probably 99%) are more like me than smurphny who obviously does a lot of traveling.