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USCG Documentation & U.S. Citizenship & Insurance
I have a strange question, but bear with me a moment.
My girlfriend and I are planning to buy a sailboat jointly. Because we are going cruising in international waters, we want the boat USCG documented.
However, I am not a U.S. citizen, but she is. According to the USCG, a U.S. citizen needs to be the sole owner (on the title) of the vessel in order for a vessel to be USCG documented.
So, basically I am going to hand over the money to her, and she will be buying and documentating the boat. I'll welcome ideas if there is another way around for us to jointly own the boat still.
Now, here is my question: To get insurance, I have a lot more experience than she does (for now), but can an owner designate a skipper for the boat to apply for insurance, or does an owner have to apply him/herself?
Thanks for any input to this situation