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I copied this from the Va. web sitehttp://www.dgif.virginia.gov/boating/registration/procedure.asp
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Vessels documented by the U.S. Coast Guard cannot be titled in Virginia. Though there is no requirement that documented vessels be registered, owners may register them if desired. The registration decals may be useful if traveling to another state that requires display of registration decals. Contact the Department for an application or use the application provided at this site and prominently write "Documented Vessel" at the top.
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Question, It says "MAY" register if desired. What is the advantage or problems for someone that may decide not too. Is any county cheaper than another Many thanks
 

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In Massachusetts, you don't need state registration for documented boats, I've not had numbers or a sticker on a sailboat in 30 years and its never mattered.

That said, be sure to pay the state's sales/use tax if there is one.
 

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I copied this from the Va. web sitehttp://www.dgif.virginia.gov/boating/registration/procedure.asp
and am looking for some clarification before I get in trouble.

Documented Vessels
Vessels documented by the U.S. Coast Guard cannot be titled in Virginia. Though there is no requirement that documented vessels be registered, owners may register them if desired. The registration decals may be useful if traveling to another state that requires display of registration decals. Contact the Department for an application or use the application provided at this site and prominently write "Documented Vessel" at the top.
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Question, It says "MAY" register if desired. What is the advantage or problems for someone that may decide not too. Is any county cheaper than another Many thanks
Registering with Fish and Game is not the same as registering with the county. I did decide not to register Palmetto Moon with Virginia Fish and Game and have had no problems.

Registering with the county is a different animal. You usually have 60-90 days to register personal property you keep with in a county. Every county is different on the tax rate and you are taxed in the county where the property is kept not necessarily where you live and that can make a huge difference in what you pay.

I live in Loudoun and keep my boat in Middlesex. The Personal property rate in Loudoun is $4.20 per $100. I'm not sure what it is in Middlesex but its much, much lower than that and the base the value of your boat on a percentage of the boats book value so the bill is even lower. According to info on the "inter-web", Middlesex has the lowest boat tax in the state.
 
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