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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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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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