Has anyone done this themselves recently that can go into details on the steps they took. I'm looking for a bit of direction on all the forms to fill out for a new boat I'm buying. Please PM me...thanks!
Doing it at the moment. Visit the U.S. Coast Guard website and donwload the instructions and forms.
United States Coast Guard - Home Page
There is a big difference between transferring documentation on a currently or previously documented boat (easy) vs. documenting a boat for the first time (less easy).
There are instructions on the end pages of these form pdfs.
Fill out form CG-1258A (This one is tough to find in their library unless you search for the name) http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvdc/forms/cg1258.pdf
If a mortgage IS involved you need the lender's sign-off (CG-4593)
If a mortgage WAS involved a "Satisfaction of Mortgage" letter from the bank assures a clear title - the CG will return the original.
You need a bill of sale (CG-1340 or a similar form)
A clear title (state form - varies by state)
And you'll need to send a check or credit card info - cost will be $100 to $150 depending on the number of forms & pages you end up sending.
If the boat has never been documented search up a documented model similar boat and use the displacement figures for that vessel.
If you know someone who has a boat like yours (model & year) you can search here for the statistics bt vessel name or documentation number.
Office of Science and Technology
And in doing the above you save yourself $300 to $450 or so by not having to pay an agent to process your request.