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As it turns out, I am a California resident. The registration of boats in Calif is through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). I was hoping to find you an e-mail address for them...one that they might respond from...but that is too much to ask from a government agency. I was able to find a phone number or two:
"Technicians are available to assist you during normal business hours if you cannot find the information you seek from our website. The Department of Motor Vehicles call center business hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am to 5pm, Pacific time and Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Pacific time. You may contact us at 1-800-777-0133, if calling outside of the United States you may contact us at 1-916-229-0370. For the hearing impaired the TTY number is 1-800-368-4327."
I have heard of people taking their boats down to Mexico for a period of time to avoid some of the taxes. I don't know all the details however.
Fair winds/following seas,
Skipper, J/36 "Zero Tolerance"