Documented Vessels

nick4634

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Hi, I have a question about the process of documenting a vessel. I am looking at buying a 35 ft lobster boat built in the USA in 03 that is currently not documented because it is use for recreational fishing. I would be using it for commercial tuna and lobster fishing within 30 miles of shore and the boat would be moored in the piscataqua in NH. My questions are

Will I need to document this boat?
How complicated is the process?
Do I need a boating license above the NASBLA level to operate it?
Any extra safety gear besides offshore flares, immersion suits, epirbs etc?

Thanks for the help
 

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you could call Susan Ellis at coastal documentation service in maine ...they are very good
 

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ok cause I see 38 ft novis that are registered as 4.9 tons so they don't have to be documented and was thinking I could do the same thing just to save some hassle
 

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Hi, I have a question about the process of documenting a vessel. I am looking at buying a 35 ft lobster boat built in the USA in 03 that is currently not documented because it is use for recreational fishing. I would be using it for commercial tuna and lobster fishing within 30 miles of shore and the boat would be moored in the piscataqua in NH. My questions are

Will I need to document this boat?
How complicated is the process?
Do I need a boating license above the NASBLA level to operate it?
Any extra safety gear besides offshore flares, immersion suits, epirbs etc?

Thanks for the help


BEFORE U TAKE THAT STEP just know a " commercial vessel is a major pain in the ass to insure for offshore fishing. I wound up getting pounded in my ass by loydes of london and they didnt give a flying F about my boat. chrunch your numbers before hand. a bullsht tuna permit is not exactly a "commercial vessel" just cross your Ts and dot your I's
 

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The services that do it for you charge a fee. Follow the link First team put up. Download the forms and mail it back. It cost a hundred bucks the first time.
 

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If your vessel is documented, does it also need a state registration? Or does that vary by the state that the vessel is moored in?
 

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If your vessel is documented, does it also need a state registration? Or does that vary by the state that the vessel is moored in?

My Blackfin was documented when I purchased it from FL.
Dummy me didn't "re-document/whatever" and went with MA 2 yr. registration renewal.

PIA, GO WITH DOCUMENTATION!

Move/use the boat wherever you want, no state renewal registrations!!
 

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Keep in mind that if you are borrowing money to purchase the boat the lender will require the vessel to be documented.
 

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If your vessel is documented, does it also need a state registration? Or does that vary by the state that the vessel is moored in?

Yes and no. You don't need state registration numbers, but you may need a decal which costs the same (amazing, no?).

In RI, I need a decal and get it from the same desk you get registrations. In CT, I needed a certificate of decal, which also amazingly cost the same thing as registration.

Not to be confused with excise tax. You will still owe that either way if it applies to your locale.
 

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