I know I''ve seen a post like this before but now that I am in the process of buying a new (to me) boat this has popped up. The boat is currently a U.S.C.G documented vessel. Does this mean that it MUST continue to be documeted by the new owner (me)??? My bank will not finalize my loan application unless THEY re-document the vessel for me (which will cost me another $450...it''s not that it is a huge sum of money, but if the boat doesn''t have to have it why are they making me get the boat documented in my name?? If I have to get the boat documented, do I need to do this every year and pay $450 each year?? Or is this a 1 time thing, until I sell the boat?? PLUS, it''s 10 days to 2 weeks to get the boat documented BEFORE I finalize the loan and take over as the new owner....phew sorry for rambling on but I''m a bit anxious to get working on the boat and I keep running into roadblocks.