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Gene, it sounds like the boat is already USCG documented with a home port in Florida, so it already has been "imported". You might want to make a couple of phone calls, to the USCG Vessel Documentation Center, and to your own state tax and motor vehicle authorities, to find out if it makes any difference (for sales tax purposes, etc.) where you physically take possession of the boat, i.e. in your home state, or out of US waters. Depending on your state tax laws, for instance, if you take possession out of state, keep it out of state, and don't bring it home for a year, you may not owe any sales and use tax on it. Or, that may not matter at all and you may be liable for use tax as soon as you hit home waters. And that's aside from any registration issues.
It pays to find these things out up front, from the sources, because the laws in every state are different and most of them are outright nasty about fines and penalties and interest if you cross the t's or dot the i's the wrong way.