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Re: Advice on hailing port for USCG Documentation
Thanks for the advice.
I'm really not interested in choosing a hailing port that I have no connection to. I'm looking to reduce confusion, not increase it.
I already told the finance/documentation person to use Rock Hall, MD. That's the boat's true hailing port, so I think it makes some sense.
I'm paying 5% excise tax to Maryland. I'll use the boat there and rarely, if ever, leave the state. PA charges 6%, so they may ask me for the remaining 1%, but since I'll not use their waters I will resist. My current boat is in PA, where I paid the sales tax. Our marina in PA has lots of boats registered in other states (not sure about USCG documentation, though), and I've never heard of PA coming after anyone for sales tax. They might send letters, but they apparently don't have the "binocular corps" that Maryland does.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Wing Keel Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina