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USCG documentation provides a few very useful benefits. First, the USCG documentation process is a ONE TIME FEE, and annual renewals are free. In many states, this means you don't have to pay the annual state registration fees, like in Massachusetts... which can save you some money every year.
It is also the only registration that is generally recognized by countries further from the United States. While countries like the Bahamas, Mexico and Canada may recognize a state-registered boat, as you get further from the USA, the less likely that is to be the case. States are not internationally sovereign, and as such, state registration not recognized by other governments in many cases.
Also, USCG documented boats are recognized as US-flagged vessels and enjoy greater legal protections when in foreign waters.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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