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non us citizen - green card can I buy a US boat with a certificate of documentation

non us citizen - green card can I buy a boat with a certificate of documentation ?
I recently bought a sailboat (ericson 28+) registered with Coast Gard (I have a certificate of documentation)
Can I registered it ? or should I need to registered via my wife who is an American Citizen ?
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Re: non us citizen - green card can I buy a US boat with a certificate of documentati

Documented vessels have to be owned by US citizens afaik. A visit to the USCG documentation website would provide you with all the info you need. They also answer the phone in West Virginia.
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Re: non us citizen - green card can I buy a US boat with a certificate of documentati

If you plan on only sailing in US waters all you need is state registration which is available to permanent residents.

If you plan on sailing outside US waters then USCG documentation would be advisable which is only available to US citizens.

So as permanent resident (green card holder) you can get get state registration.

As US citizen your spouse can get USCG documentation, then if you desire and can get US citizenship update the USCG documentation to include you.

I am a former green card holder and now citizen.

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I believe you can also form an LLC.
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