Yes, especially if travelling to foreign countries, as states are not sovereign nations and as such the state registration of a boat isn't recognized by some many foreign countries, especially as you get further from the USA.
Also, in the long run, USCG documentation is usually cheaper... it is a one-time cost, with free renewals, where state registration is payable annually.
It also has some legal rights and protections when sailing in foreign waters that a state-registered boat won't have.
Originally Posted by Snboard976
Is there any benefit to having a Coast Guard documented vessel?
I just bought a 36 foot sailboat and I am planning to head down to South America in one year.
The boat is registered in NY and was documented, but I don't know why I should pay extra for the Coast Guard documentation. Is there any benefit to keeping up the CG documentation over a simple NY state registration?
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