Minimizing Taxes; Hailing Port
I am in a somewhat similiar situation. I have just purchased a boat in CT but I live in NJ. I have a vacation house in NH and plan on documenting the boat and then registering it in NH (no sales tax). I want to use the boat in CT (but will not use it in NJ waters)
I contacted CT and asked about using the boat in CT waters for more then 60 days (their limit). Here is their rule:
"Documented vessels and vessels numbered by another state,which are moored, docked or operated more than 60 days in Connecticut in any calendar year, must obtain a Connecticut certificate of decal and will display a current Connecticut validation decal (but not a Connecticut vessel number) on both sides of the bow. In addition, the owner must acquire a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate in order to operate the vessel on Connecticut waters"
The cert of decal will cost $225 (38ft boat). Therefore it seems I can avoid paying CT sales/use tax and still legally use the boat in CT waters - am I missing something?