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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it

Forgetting to inform authorities really has no relation to multi-year anything. For instance, a state title is "forever". You forget to say that you sold the boat? In some states, that's not a legal issue. In others, you are in fact required to report the sale and transfer, and penalized if you don't.

So, state title, state registration (which can be multi-year already in many states for quite a while now, cars too) or USCG documentation...The one year period should not be an issue. I expect the USCG sticks to one year perhaps because of international convention, or simply because they prefer that something as potentially valuable as a boat or ship (remember, recreational vessels are just in there as a courtesy) is "touched" by official hands every once in a while.

"Boats" are not their real purpose, commercial ships are.
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Re: Finally, they've gone and done it

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
This is not a thing.

If your vessel is documented, you are required to notify the USCG that you sold the vessel. Whether the new owner re-documents is up to them, but there is no reason to worry about liability chasing you around, after you sell.

Bureaucracies draw their life energy from those that are willing to assume they are necessary.
So... if a Certificate of Documentation is good for 10 years what do you care about telling the USCG that you repainted the vessel a different color, or added twenty feet of waterline, or that the managing partner died? If you sell it, let the new owner worry about that sort of thing. Trying to determine things after the fact may be what the USCG may be trying to avoid by making people do yearly updates.
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