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Re: State Registration of Boats

In Wyoming the county assessor takes your money for a title then the treasurer takes your money for registration for your cars and trailers then you have to go to Game and Fish to register your boat. You also need to buy an annual AIS (aquatic invasive species) sticker.

I have trouble imagining I can get Coast Guard Documentation in Wyoming. As far as I can tell the only Coast Guard Station in Wyoming was a Loran Station.

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...I have trouble imagining I can get Coast Guard Documentation in Wyoming. As far as I can tell the only Coast Guard Station in Wyoming was a Loran Station.
Pretty sure the CG’s National Vessel Documentation Center doesn’t care where the boat is actually kept. There are some minimum vessel size requirements. The hailport only needs to be a US City and State. I frequently see landlocked combinations, presumably identifying the owners home, although, there need not be any personal or physical connection to the hailport, whatsoever.
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Wisconsin Registration Requirements:
The Wisconsin boat registration period runs for 3 years.
All motorized vessels and boats used on waters of the state; including electric trolling motors.
Sailboats greater than 12 feet in length used on waters of the state.
Boat trailers under 3000 lbs. GVW do not require registration.
Boats are registered through the DNR.
Trailers through the DMV.
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Re: State Registration of Boats

I think if you expect law enforcement to try to locate your stolen watercraft, then you should have to pay for that service by registering it.
SC will not allow you to register a documented vessel, but you are still required to pay excise tax on it annually. As your 1st and full time home the exemption is pretty fair, dropping the fee for our boat in Charleston County to around $100.00 a year.

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I think if you expect law enforcement to try to locate your stolen watercraft, then you should have to pay for that service by registering it.
SC will not allow you to register a documented vessel, but you are still required to pay excise tax on it annually. As your 1st and full time home the exemption is pretty fair, dropping the fee for our boat in Charleston County to around $100.00 a year.
I don't think many boats are stolen.

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I don't think many boats are stolen.
Not many sailboats, anyway.

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There were a total of 4,499 Watercraft thefts in 2018, an 8% decrease in watercraft thefts from 2017. The watercraft stolen most often in 2018 was a “Yamaha – WaveRunner® personal watercraft (PWC)” (673 thefts), followed up by the “Bombardier Corp. PWC” (417 thefts). Of the 4,499 watercraft stolen in 2018, 1,733, or 39% were recovered through 04/04/2019. The highest number of watercraft thefts in 2018 took place in Florida (25%). The Top 3 watercraft theft counties were Miami-Dade County, Florida (282 thefts), Broward County, Florida (134 thefts), and Sacramento County, California (67 thefts). The Top 3 watercraft theft cities in 2018 were all located in Florida: Miami (203 thefts), Fort Lauderdale (68 thefts), and Tampa (64 thefts). Of the 1,733, recovered watercrafts from 01/01/2018 through 04/04/2019, 52% were recovered within 9 days of being stolen. The holiday with the most watercraft thefts in 2018 was Labor Day, with 26 thefts.
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 Thefts: 33
 Recoveries: 21
 Recovery Rate: 64%
So less than 0.1% of stolen boats are sailboats.
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I think if you expect law enforcement to try to locate your stolen watercraft, then you should have to pay for that service by registering it......

Just for giggles, why would we not already be paying for that in our sales and income taxes? Particularly those attached to marine services that wouldn't exist without boaters. Huge revenue numbers, if you think about it. Substantially more than registration fees.


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Not many sailboats, anyway... So less than 0.1% of stolen boats are sailboats.
The slow-motion get-a-way probably deters thieves. The sheriff has time to stop for coffee and donuts on the way to the dock, and still can catch them.
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Just for giggles, why would we not already be paying for that in our sales and income taxes? Particularly those attached to marine services that wouldn't exist without boaters. Huge revenue numbers, if you think about it. Substantially more than registration fees.

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Sounds like MT is sweet for registration. Beautiful state..just wish it could skip over winter.
Iirc, SD was the go2 state for rv nomads...and well still be so.
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