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Registration Question for US residents (not citizen)
I have a question about registration - my situation is pretty special and I apologize if this is not the right place to ask and if nobody has an answer.
I'm a German citizen living in Chicago. I have permanent residency here and my current boat is registered in Illinois. No problems.
I'm considering buying a boat from a broker in Guatemala, and I wonder how and where to register it. I'm not planning to return to Chicago with it, I'll be cruising the Caribbean and maybe further until funds dry up. I assume I cannot register it in a US state unless it's there, at least at time of registration, right? I cannot federally document it in the US because I'm not a citizen.
So, what can I do? I'm not going to Germany, either, and in any case don't have a license to operate a boat there (they are incredibly stuck up over there). Do you have any suggestions? Could and should I register the boat in any other country, like Panama or Guatemala itself, not being a citizen there either?
Thanks a lot for any advice, Stephan