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If my boat is coast guard documented - what's the right way to register a dinghy? I'd rather not get a state registration if I can avoid it. Dinghy does have an outboard, at least occasionally. Can I just claim it as a tender for my vessel?
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Nope, tryed that and got the ticket. Here in SC youve got to have any boat that has any sort of motor titled and rego. Ive got an 8' rowing dink that i had to get rego on it when i got busted with a trolling motor. SC is a bit of a pain in the butt anyway, we have to have our outboards over 5hp titled also.
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The short answer is: Yes

The even shorter answer is: No

We beat this one to death a few months ago:

Sorry, I tried to post a link to another sailnet thread, but the software is chopping it up. It's a thread BillyRuffn began in April, entitled "Dinghy registration????" A quick search will pull it up.
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If my boat is coast guard documented - what's the right way to register a dinghy? I'd rather not get a state registration if I can avoid it. Dinghy does have an outboard, at least occasionally. Can I just claim it as a tender for my vessel?
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Documentation of your vessel does not cover the vessel's tender or dinghy. These craft fall within the jurisdiction of the motorboat numbering laws of the state of principal use. Please contact your state agency that handles the registration or numbering of motorboats for further information
In some states you can claim it as your tender and not register it. However, in most of those states there are limitations on the HP and speed the dinghy is capable of... usually no more than 10 HP and no more than 7 knots... or so. And in many of those states, if it isn't registered because it is a tender to a mothership... it can only be used for transport to and from said mothership. For instance, if you get caught fishing from it... you're going to get fined for having and using an unregistered motor boat.
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It's a thread BillyRuffn began in April, entitled "Dinghy registration????" A quick search will pull it up.

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