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Re: Documentation Vs. State Registration
Documentation is a substitute for title, not necessarily registration. Each state has their own registration requirements, which is only permitting use of their waters for an extended period of time or an opportunity to collect a tax. You pick.
However, you must either get a state title or federal documentation to prove you own the boat.
What confuses people is that States that may still require you to register your boat to be in their waters, even if documented, but do not require you to display their registration numbers. I think that may be federal law that hey can't, but not sure about that.
I am USCG documented, but still must be RI registered. I do not, however, have or require RI title.
Primary advantages are availability of the vessel as collateral and international travel, as mentioned above. Why limit yourself. There is a minimum boat size for being able to document it, I believe.
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Last edited by Minnewaska; 04-05-2013 at 10:55 PM.