Re: Many cruisers with documented vessels can not enter FL legally.
"how about cars on florida highways ?"
billc, you're dead right. Florida, like every other state, will insist that your car has registration and title on it before it comes in. And then if you stay too long, you'll have to change the title and registraiton to Florida--as every other state requires.
The onerous Florida provision for boats is in fact simply the result of Florida motor vehicle laws, Florida does not single out boats for this treatment. They're just too dumb to exempt boats from the ordinary "motor vehicle" rules.
On the other hand, if the boat is +30 years old and has the original type of engine, it gets special treatment and a radical discount. And if it has no engine--then it isn't a motor vehicle and it doesn't need numbers.
And, Florida may be the only state that allows boaters-who-stay-too-long to buy a secondary Florida registration, instead of changing their registration to Fl and then back again to their home state when they leave. They still hit your pocket, but for less than any other state since you don't have to convert back and forth. Go figure.
meme, they also don't charge immigrants a "catchup" tax. They charge everyone, including the natives, about $500 per car to title it the first time around. That is offset somewhat by the grear redneck tradition of not having any annual safety inspection, most states require at costs of $10-40 or more. WTF, who needs to know if the car has working lights or brakes, that's just distracted driving.
Florida is also the only state with no state defense force or state militia. It is the only Eastern state that comes from the Spanish traditions. It is a latecomer to the Federal Republic. And unlike Tejas and California, it was never a Republic before joining the US. So yes, Florida is an odd place. No one says you gotta go there.
Last edited by hellosailor; 01-23-2013 at 03:31 PM.