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"Would I require a state recognized liveaboard slip"
There's no such thing, Jason. Your mention of a slip indicates you want to live on a boat, not be a cruising vagabond. And that means you will need to pick a state, because the laws are different in each state. And then follow the laws for that state. If they require a street address--you'll need to get one. Sometimes that can be a mail service, sometimes a mailbox store, sometimes not. Sometimes the marina will accept mail for you, if they can be trusted to deliver it.
Plan on being required to register and title the boat in any state where it spends 90 days, although that also will vary with each state. And, to pay taxes when you do so. Federal documentation avoids the need to retitle the boat every time you change state registrations--but doesn't affect taxes, and in MOST states, won't affect any registration rules except for letting oyu out of the need to display numbers on the boat.
So...figure out where you plan to keep it, and if that means "interviewing" the tax and motor vehicle authorities in a dozen eastern states, that's what you have to do. The National Vessel Documentation Center will gladly answer you questions about federal documentation, as well.
But get all that information first hand--because all the guys on the internet who are glad to tell you what you can do, won't show up to pay your taxes if they're wrong. (Me included.)
By the way, some states use motor vehicle registration lists for jury service summons as well. So don't be surprised if whatever state you register the boat in, COMMANDS you to appear for jury duty. If you've sailed two thousand miles away--you may still be required to return, or face consequences. Some states have exemptions, others do not. Some may fine you $250 for not serving, others will do otherwise.
Along with all the other state citizenship and tax obligations.
Last edited by hellosailor; 06-16-2009 at 05:32 PM.