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Re: Tonnage Measurement Beneteau Oceanis 350 Year 1988
I believe there would be less confusion in threads like this if the OP would bother to indicate what country he/she wants to “Register” the vessel. Sailnet is an international community and it is nearly impossible to discuss legal issues when the poster ASSUMES we know what the hell they are talking about.
In the US, a vessel is either “registered” and taxed buy the state where the boat lives or it is “documented” by the USCG. If you are assuming the OP is about to “register” the vessel for the first time in Canada than you are much better at reading the tea leaves than the rest of us.
This thread has caused me to visit the USCG site and read up on the “documentation” process. I now know the difference between displacement and gross tonnage.
I am the second owner of my boat. The broker gave me all the paperwork I would need to either register the boat with my state or get it documented with the USCG. The boat was already registered in Wisconsin so it was easier to just continue doing that. I have only sailed in US waters on the Great Lakes but my wife is about to retire and I know our future travels will take us up into Canadian waters.
Can you explain why any US boater would choose to have their boat USCG “documented” vs. state “registered”. Would my life be less complicated when visiting Canada if the boat was USCG Documented?
`99 Beneteau Oceanis 352, #282 WiTCHCRAFT
Sailing Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes