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We live in New England, the boat we just purchased is in Maryland on the hard, and we are going to splash in about a month.

We are going to use the boat in winters in the bahamas, and farther.

Summers the boat is going to be in Florida on the gulf side, just north of the insurance line.

It's seems that this means that the boat has to be registered in Florida. Given that. Does the transom HAVE to say:

Anatolia
xyz, Florida

or can we have our home town on the transom, even though the boat is registered in Florida.

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Re: state lettering required?

No, only the registration number on the bow is required by the state.

You can put whatever you like on the transom.
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Re: state lettering required?

Taxes and registration in the state of majority use - but:
If it's going to be in Maryland a while before it gets going down south you'll want to look up the rules on that - and get a receipt for any boat sales taxes you pay to any other state.
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Re: state lettering required?

State registraton has no requirements on name and location. If documented, they require home port on the transom. However, I have seen more than a few that were documented and not lettered.

If the boat is documented it is not required to have state numbers on her, but you do have to pay the taxes and fees for them. If you have to pay, it makes little sense to me not to put them on and keep the local LEO's from stopping you to check your registration....and finding something else in the process.
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Re: state lettering required?

Florida does not care what is on your transom. If the boat is CG documented then you do not have to put state numbers on it. The CG wants you to have name and home port on the transom, but they don't care what the home port is. That is to say, you can live in Maine, buy the boat in Maryland, keep it in Florida, and have the home port say "Sunol, Nebraska" as far as the CG is concerned.
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Florida does not care what is on your transom. If the boat is CG documented then you do not have to put state numbers on it. The CG wants you to have name and home port on the transom, but they don't care what the home port is. That is to say, you can live in Maine, buy the boat in Maryland, keep it in Florida, and have the home port say "Sunol, Nebraska" as far as the CG is concerned.
Yup. Florida will want to see your sales tax receipt when you register it at the local tax collectors office.
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Thanks all, good info...
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Thanks all, good info...
If you're headed to the Bahamas (outside of US), I believe that USCG Documentation is virtually required, right? And that means that you cannot display registration numbers - though state law will likely require that you purchase registration and pay sales/use taxes.


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If you're headed to the Bahamas (outside of US), I believe that USCG Documentation is virtually required, right?
No, that is not true. Most especially not for the Bahamas. Every year hundreds of boats that are titled and registered in Florida--with no USCG documentation--make the trip over to the Bahamas. C&I in the Bahamas is quite used to handling boats that are not CG documented.

If you get further down in the Caribbean then you might find CG documentation to be more convenient. At least as far south as the BVI, though, I have never heard of anyone having a problem with U.S. state registration, and no CG documentation.
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Re: state lettering required?

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IS A DOCUMENTED VESSEL EXEMPT FROM STATE JURISDICTION?

No, all documented vessels must comply with the laws of the state in which they are operated. The vessel's document must be shown to state law enforcement personnel upon their demand. States may require documented vessels to be registered (but not numbered) and to display state decals showing that they have complied with state requirements.
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Vessels in Florida for longer than 90 days must be registered with the state, but do not require you display their registration numbers but do require display a current registration decal.

See The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center for additonal information on Federal Documention of your recreational vessel.

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