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Re: Many cruisers with documented vessels can not enter FL legally.
Rich- If they are foreign flagged, they operate under international rules and as I understand it, any "state" registration here does not apply. The problem is for US flagged vessels, or US-state registered vessels.
Yes, IIRC the term "National Guard" refers to state troops who are enrolled in the National Guard Program. When they go to federal service they become "National Guard of The US" whic of course gets shortened back down to the same "National Guard" compounding the confusion. Perhaps intentionally.
Three or four years ago, none of the enabling legislation (which goes back to 1903) was available anywhere on the web. Even the USANG, which mentions the legislation in their web web, did not have any posted. And because it was so far back and most libraries "start now and work back" the legislation wasn't posted on any library sites or even the LibCong site. Now, about half is posted if you dig for it.
Those fees may not represent the entire cost of registration. Once you have registered the boat, you have basically confirmed that FL is now your home port or native waters, and that may trigger a problem with your insurer requiring a policy change as well. No,it shouldn't, but any time you change a registration on a vehicle, insurers want to know about it, and what they do will vary with the insurer and the policy.
Then of course, you've still got to waste a couple hours and a taxi ride to go do it.
Cruising, like most other things, is not what it was in the 1950's.