Originally Posted by sailingdog
Why is it BS for the USCG not to issue USCG Documentation to foreigners. USCG Documentation makes the boat US territory, and there is no reason that makes any sense to allow FOREIGNERS to own a boat that is considered US TERRITORY.
OhOh, I guess we're getting into an off-topic/immigrant discussion here.
Well, to counter your objections, a foreigner (in the OP's case, a legal Resident Alien ) can own property in the US, which is obviously considered US TERRITORY. No problem there..
Also, at purchase the OP will have paid taxes on the boat in the state where she will be registered. That State is obviously in US TERRITORY.
Besides your objections, the USCG has a slightly differrent reasoning.
From the USCG website:
Vessel documentation is a national form of registration. It is one of the oldest functions of Government, dating back to the 11th Act of the First Congress. Documentation provides conclusive evidence of nationality for international purposes, provides for unhindered commerce between the states, and admits vessels to certain restricted trades, such as coastwise trade and the fisheries. Since 1920, vessel financing has been enhanced through the availability of preferred mortgages on documented vessels.
"Evidence of nationality", of what, the vessel or the owner?
I would assume you are documenting the vessel, and if this vessel is registered in Florida( for example), it would make very little sense to document it with the Polish Coast Guard (not sure there even is one).
I can see the reasoning on the coastwise trade and fisheries, but on recreational vessel??
See what you started dupek?