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Shabbychick, the only *safe* way to ask about what a customs tariff or import fee is? Is to ask the folks who will be stopping you at the border and asking for money. Especially since a new year has just started and tariff rates often change on the new year. Charges often vary according to age and point of origin, and sometimes how long you have owned the boat as well.
Same advice, really. Whether a US state registration will be accepted is the choice of each nation you visit. I'd suggest going someplace like Noonsite.com and seeing if there are any comments for the places you are interested in going to, and then contact each of them to be sure. Again...the information you see posted will be obsolete in some cases, this is a new year.
Establishing a residency also is not always possible. For instance, try to establish a residency in Bermuda. Last time I heard, unless you marry a native, you can sojourn in Bermuda for a maximum of two years (if you have a vital job, etc.) and then you're out, period. This liberal nonsense about anyone, anywhere, anytime...just isn't allowed in most of the world. Papers, requirements, employment or income source...Canada is about the only place where anyone can enter if they claim to be a refugee (still can't get residency if you're not a refugee and you don't pass the entrance exam) and the US is about the only place left where anyone can enter if they do it at night.
Boats which are in US waters without the proper papers *might* be subject to arrest and seizure, not just expulsion. Remember that maritime law has a fine tradition of arresting the vessel itself. You might want to check with the USCG. Or, just sneak back into international waters one dark night and reset the clock.