Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it
The scammer approach and misleading language of Maritime Documentation Center is well known. Annual renewal of your Certificate of Documentation calls for you to 1/ sign a statement to the effect that there have been no changes to the information they have on file and 2/ send a check for the renewal. it is not difficult, time-consuming, or worth complaining about. (Or worth paying someone like Maritime Documentation Center - $75 a year ????- to do for you.)
Having the certificate last longer than a year might be convenient, but there may be reasons for that not to happen. Are most Certificates of Documentation for commercial vessels? They may get bought or sold, modified, or have new managing partners more frequently than our staid, unchanging cruisers. Perhaps annual renewals helps the USCG actually keep track of things that they need to keep track of. Imagine if someone filed a claim against a vessel and it's owners, say for polluting a harbor with oil from the bilges, and the ownership had changed three times in ten years. With a long-term certificate, if someone "forgot" to inform the authorities, the original owner - totally innocent and no longer involved with the vessel in question - would have to be targeted in the claim, since their name would be on the paperwork. Not fun.