, I purchased a 1981 43' cutter that had been USCG documented in the past, but her documentation had not been kept current through the last several owners. I found the USCG NVDC (National Vessel Documentation Center) very willing to work with me to accomplish the necessary paper trail to bring the Abstract of Title
(Yes, the USCG maintains such a document since manufacture, just like real estate) current to my ownership. This involved waivers on a number of the Bills of Sale
which did not contain all of the requisite information. Be sure to use the USCG Bill of Sale, which can be downloaded from their website.