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If you can register her in Brazil, you can sail her under the Brazillian flag, other wise you should probably get her documented in the United States. USCG documentation is far more advantageous for a boat bound for foreign shores, if you are an American Citizen....if you're not, you're not allowed to USCG document a boat.
USCG documentation is internationally recognized, where state registration is not. In many countries, with a USCG documented boat, you can check in with Customs, and then check out, and pay just a single fee to the country... with a state registered boat, you may have to pay the fee at each port and check in and out at each port.
If your boat is USCG documented, it is internationally recoginized as a flagged vessel of the United States and gives you some legal protections not available to a state-registered boat.
Getting financing is often easier on a USCG documented boat.
USCG documentation is often cheaper if you intend to keep the boat a long time...as it is a one time fee of $300, and renewal is free. State registration is an annual fee....not as expensive usually, but over the years more expensive.
Generally, for ownership, it depends on the country and place the boat is currently registered.... often you need the Builder's certificate and the title. You would probably need to consult a broker or marine law attorney to do this properly.
Getting insurance may be possible, but I'd imagine would require a full-survey by a competent surveyor that is approved by your insurance company for plywood boats.
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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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