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Actually, NYS has some obscure rules about motorized vessels. They only have to be registered in the state IF they are "on the navigable waterways" of the state for over 90 days in a row. The laws are obscure enough that you probably couldn't convince a bay constable without showing them the books...but in theory you can keep a motorized vessel in NYS waters for 89 days, pop over to CT or NJ or wherever for lunch or fuel, and then come back in for another 89 days. Haul the boat for the winter...the counting stops, because you are not in the navigable waterways.
Of course if you are a resident, you still have to pay TAX on the damned thing, you're just given a break on the registration. And every water cop will still come up to find out why you've got no numbers on it. And, the folks at most DMV offices will still run and hide if you hand them papers and say "BOAT", they just don't deal with them in every office every day. Go figure.