I live in Stafford va. and the boat tax is insane. Out of 8 years I have been caught twice and hit with over 15k in taxes. The first time they got me was because of my trailer, they found out somehow what was on it, my 42 Sonic. Then I got my 50 NT and didnt reg. the trailer at my house and every thing was cool for about 3 years then when I renewed my USCG doc. they now send the info of the boat to the county you live in.
I told them both times that the boats are only in the county for 4-5 months a year but I had no proof of that because it was at my sister inlaws house in FL. and since Stafford is my primary address I had to pay. So now I doc. them at my Prince William county address and the USCG send the paper work and info there where there is no tax. The way it works if the boat is in Stafford on Jan.1 you pay the tax. witch my boat never was but fighting them is point less.
When I get another boat I will buy or rent a boatell rack in S FL. so I can prove where it is and Doc. it there. The other nice thing Stafford started doing to get their $$$$ is it used to be what you paid for the boat was what they went off of, now you have to show them your paper work of what you paid and then they look up the blue book witch ever # is higher is the one they use.
There have been many fights with marina owners and boat owners over this maybe someday it will change the other countys around stafford either have no tax or a $2500 limit or much less %, and Stafford has the least amount of water.
Other than this I like living here but the boat tax thing is crazy. When I asked why so high the told me the roads I trailer it on.
I live on the water the only time my boat is on Stafford roads is about 30 mins a year when I take it down to FL. or bring it back.