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If the boat is USCG documented, it usually can not be titled in the state. One or the other... not both.
IF the boat is USCG documented, the state can not require you to put state registration numbers on the boat—it can require you put a registration sticker on the boat, but not numbers,
since the boat is FEDERALLY DOCUMENTED. A USCG Documented boat is required to have the boat's name and hailing port on the exterior and the USCG Documentation number marked somewhere on the interior.
If you got a USCG Documentation Certificate from the USCG, then the state title usually isn't necessary. Having both the state title/registration and the USCG documentation is going to cause you trouble more likely than not in the future.
I finally got my boat registered in NJ. I had to return the boat to USCG documentation in order to do this. At DMV they gave me a new title and registration with numbers. Letter from USCG clearly states that "A documented vessel may not be titled by a State...46 USC 12106(a)" Also, should I display NJ registration numbers on the boat? At DMV they told me to display NJ registration numbers, but NY broker tells me that I can't display NJ numbers if the boat is documented. Can anybody help? This is way too confusing.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 04-03-2009 at 10:20 AM.