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Zanshin, meaning no disrespect I suggest there may bne some translation errors here, even if it is simply the old English-vs-American barrier. In the US when we speak of "registering" a boat that is ALWAYS referring to state registration, usually as a motor vehicle not especially as a boat.
We refer to USCG Documentation, never "registration", for the federal system that exists outside of state registrations.
There are, essentially, some 62 sets of laws that may be used regarding registration/documentation/titling of motor vehicles/vessels here. Fifty states, each of which has different laws, eleven (I believe) "insular possessions" or whatever the places like Guam and Puerto Rico are officially called these days, and then federal programs like USCG documentation.
For most of us it is less confusing, we deal with one state plus the national cap!
Rules for corporations will vary the same 62(?) ways, each state has it's own laws, and then there are federal rules regarding IRS tax status and other policies.