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" If you don't owe the tax duye to the sale, then the state hits you with the same tax for the "use"."
USE TAX generally applies only to RESIDENTS of a particular venue, to prevent htem from going over the border, buying something big, and taking it home--without paying sales taxes on it.
As an alien buying a boat in a state and then promptly removing it to "take it home" and register it elsewhere, you'd generally owe no taxes at all.
Problem being, a Canadian-registered boat can stay in the US for only one year, IF a cruising permit is issued for the boat. And then it must go bye-bye for 15 days before asking if it can come back. It may or may not be granted a renewal, you can't depend on that.
Bottom line? Pay the tax man, register or title your boat in your home. Don't like the taxes? Change homes! That's the only way the tax men aren't going to be watching you.