Hi, I am not an expert on this subject, but have some knowledge because my charter boat was finished in Canada. The Jones Act is what governs this-google it up to get an idea. You can commercially fish a foreign built boat if you state register it and pay the state sales taxes - this is what i did. You can also file for an exclusion, the fee I believe is $ 500. and comes with alot of paperwork to fill out and waiting time = red tape. Years back when the value Canadian dollar was like half of the US dollar, it would have been worth doing. Now with the 2 dollars pretty close to even, there is no advantage there. In all honesty, if I had to do it again, i would find a good US built boat and not have to deal with the beaurocratic bs. Good Luck with your descision.