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Cool Do I need insurance or a boating license??? for 25ft sailboat

Do I need insurance or a boating license??? for 25ft sailboat
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As for the boating license—depends on where you're boating. As for the insurance, if you're keeping the boat in a marina, you're probably going to be required to have insurance.
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You are only going to get a qualified answer if you actually state where your are asking about - the USA, Canada, UK, Australia or some other English-speaking country?
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oh ... U.S. , B.V.I.'s do i need a license being U.S. citizen when i reach other countries?
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The BVIs require no license or certification. When you travel to other countries as skipper, the country in which the boat is registered determines what certification you need to have. While they can't require a license to operate the boat, they do have a right to ascertain if your radio station is licensed and if you have an internationally valid license to use the radio.

In your case, as a private individual sailing a private (not charter or commercial) vessel you need not have a license. Whether or not this is a good thing is a matter for another thread.
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If you are going to leave US waters, it would probably be wise to have the boat USCG documented, rather than state registered, as some foreign countries will not recognize state registration. The further from the US you get, the more likely this is. However, to have a boat USCG documented, you do have to be a US Citizen.

As for radio licenses, if your boat is registered or documented in the United States and you're going to be either sailing in foreign waters or in contact with foreign stations—either shore or ship, you will need a Ship's Station License, which is good for 10 years, as well as a Restricted Radio Operator's License, which is good for your lifetime.
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Regarding insurance - countries do not require any proof of insurance to clear in, but private marina and other such entities can do so in order to let you use their services.
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If you hit my boat you better have.So answer the question your self
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I'd say yes! Absolutely! get insurance!
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