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you do not have to have florida regitration for a documented boat.
we have a catalina 400 sailing out of bradenton/st pete florida.
That fish and game guy is full of crap and he knows it. He prolly did not get laid the night before.
Point in fact.. he did not have the authority to stop you period. Under federal law any boat over 40 feet is required to be documented. Anything under is a matter of personal choice. I am in the process of documenting my Ericson 27 so that i can take it out of the country with no hassle.
the feds [coasties] can legally board your boat at whim. The state guys have to have probably cause and if they harrass you they are walking on thin ice and they know it.
Call the Florida Fish and GAme commission and turn this jerk in.
I am sorry you had a bad experience. Not all of florida is like that.