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Old 05-11-2010
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Thanks....I'm in the same boat (ha ha). I just purchased a Tartan 33 from Annapolis and the previous owner had a loan out on her.

I appreciate the info!!!
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Originally Posted by BarryL View Post

I bought a CG documented boat, and like Tommays wrote, it was very easy to change the documentation to me.

Also note that you don't need to have the boat documented. If you are a private owner (as opposed to commercial) and don't plan on leaving US waters I can't think of any reason to keep the documentation.

One benefit is that you don't have to display your state registration numbers, just the sticker. You also get to display a nifty documentation number below decks
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I just went thru the process and it could not be easier. all the documents and instruction is on the CG site, they answer your inquiries quickly by e-mail or by phone. I prossessed the whole thing on line, paid with my credit card(faxed that in because it's not secure) and had my new documents in less than a week. Someone actually is working at the government. Total cost was about 100.00
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I got my annual Vessel Documentation Renewal today.

I remembered that the last few years it was the same procedure, sign off and fold if there were no changes. Well the sign off where my signature goes is on the OUTSIDE of the trifold mailer!

Do you want your signature outside where anyone can see it? I'm surprised that the Coasties aren't doing their part to protect identity theft, not that that is an aspect of their services, but I am sending my renewal, once again in an envelope, not their trifold.
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There actually is an art (and a learning curve) to graphic design and some special knowledge needed to meet postal regulations AND still make sure things like "this is the inside, this is the outside" all happen the right way. But in this day and age, budgets are tight and instead of paying a pro to design a mailing piece, folks just give it to whoever in the office is artsy and "good on the computer".
Not surprising that the USCG, who don't have enough budget to keep their boats fueled and deployed, would cut corners on their mailers. Blame this one on the cheapskates in Congress, and remind them that the USCG needs (deserves!) a higher budget.
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