If I read it correctly Maryland wants $10 for a sticker to put on documented vessels but it's only $24 a year for a Maryland registration again, unless I'm mistaken. This is why I didn't bother to transfer it to Pennsylvania & my home address
In Illinois you must register with DNR but not title a documented vessel, in California state registration is thru motor vehicles so includes title and does not require documented vessels to register.
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.This is why I didn't bother to transfer it to Pennsylvania & my home address
This. And triple check the forms. I finally got my USCG registration transferred, but it took me from April to September because I inadvertently added an extra letter at the end of my boat partner's name on the registration application which didn't match the bill of sale, so the original application get sent back to me to prove what the correct name was. I had to send a picture of my boat partner's license and my app went to the back of the line. Fortunately, you can submit online and on their website you check which application receipt dates they are currently processing.One thing I learned the hard way is to make certain you submit all required forms and payments. If you miss anything, they will tell you, but you go to the back of the waiting line. And their emails can get mixed up with spam.
Full time as in where it's moored? Yes, hailing port will be in Virginia. Though we will be venturing up the Chesepeake into MD waters for weekend trips and eventually up/down the coast. I hope I'm answering your question.Will the boat actually be full time in Virginia? That's the only reason it would matter.
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.Full time as in where it's moored? Yes, hailing port will be in Virginia.