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Not 100% sure I follow, do you mean this?

Be careful, that IS NOT the Coast Guard documentation center. It’s a scam to look like it is.

For a few hundred dollars you can pay a local marine documentation company to handle this for you. Don’t fall for the internet scams to renew these, once you have it properly documented. That’s an online easy DIY. Getting the boat initially transferred is a bit more involved, so you may want to pay someone to do that. Otherwise, look up the National Vessel Documentation Center yourself. They’re the real deal.
 

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Why do I want to or even need to renew or transfer the documentation to me the owner of the vessel?
Other than the aesthetic issue of avoiding bow numbers, the only two practical issues are international travel and a single point of research for liens. The latter should be valuable to any buyer down the road. When boat travel between states, new titles can be issued that don't carry forward liens filed in the prior state. The most painful issue is that fully remain valid, even if the current owner did not incur the cause of the lien. These can be mortgage or as simple as mechanics liens filed for unpaid marina bills.
 

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This is why I didn't bother to transfer it to Pennsylvania & my home address
You don't get to shop for registration. It's simply a matter of where the boat is located. That's where it must be registered, if the located State requires registration.

If a boat has another State's registration numbers, it can appear to be transient and evade for a while. However, if the State finds out, penalties are always worse than compliance.
 

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Generically, I'd say both partners appear on the document, if both have an economic interest in the vessel. However, it really depends on the terms of the legally contracted partnership agreement, which is critical. It may be the name if the formed partnership itself that appears, rather than it's individual members. The most important predetermined terms of that agreement being how any partner may exit the partnership. Of course, a documented understanding of cost share, usage, terms of sale, moorage location, taxes, insurance, etc are necessary too.

I'd sooner run across rush hour highway traffic than enter into a partnership with a stranger.
 

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Full time as in where it's moored? Yes, hailing port will be in Virginia.
Just a terminology thing to clarify. The hailport is the city and state you put on the transom. It can say any valid city/state combo in the country and is not required to have any relation to you, where the boat is or anything. It just needs to be the same on the document and transom, you pick anything you want. I've seen boats in RI that say Aspen, Colorado, which strikes me as a bit far from the ocean. :) The USCG documented hailport also has nothing to do with where taxes or fees are owed. They don't cause you to owe them, not get you out of them.

The actual moored location is all that matters, when it comes to taxes and registration.

Transiting around temporarily usually doesn't matter, as long as you don't stay in another State long enough to trigger their taxes or fees. It's a different amount of time in all States, but 90 days is not uncommon. The catch is if your permanent resident is in a different State than were you moor the boat. If you bring the boat back to your State of residence, even for a single day, many of them want their vig immediately.
 
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