Retired Naval Architect
Join Date: May 2012
Location: ON S/V Strider
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Re: Document or register my vessel?
From what I understand getting a non-previously documented vessel documented is not something for the faint of heart. You must get every previous owner to sign an affidavit that there are no liens against the vessel and they have no claim to it.
Not in my case and I don't think this is correct. I documented a 1980 vessel in 2007 and had the document a week after I started the process. All I had to show was the title from Michigan where I bought the boat and the subsequent Maine registrations. This was all done online with scans of the documents.
Since I could not produce an original builder's certificate, the year of construction is left blank on the documents and I do not have the option changing the recreational endorsement so I could do something like six pack tours.
The vessel documentation center is probably the most user friendly and responsive government agency you will ever deal with.