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Coast Guard Net Tonnage Requirement

Old 11-18-2019, 01:51 PM
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The Coast Guard's minimum requirement is 5 net tons for documentation. This is expressed as a volume (gross tonnage minus deductible spaces) and should not be confused with the vessel's weight or total cargo carrying capacity. Vessels (excluding pontoon boats) of more than 25 feet are likely to measure five net tons. If you are not sure your vessel qualifies for documentation, give us a call!
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Old 11-18-2019, 11:05 PM
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Stupid question after seeing your posts-

What are the benefits to documenting my boat with the coast guard? No liens, mostly inland lakes, plan on some ocean.
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Old 11-19-2019, 10:05 AM
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Never a stupid question in my opinion!

Some states give a "discount" on a documented boat when paying sales tax at the time of state registration. Some people don't want to have the state registration numbers appear on the side of their boat, but they still have to have a decal with expiration, but no numbers. If people plan to boat out on international waters, it is best the boat be documented rather than state titled. The certificate immediately provides protection and the status that comes from the U.S. government. It also facilitates a smooth entry and clearance at foreign ports. Some bank lenders also require a boat to be documented to secure their lien interest.

Basically, it all comes down to where you will be boating and if you take out a loan to purchase the boat.

Any other questions, just ask...happy to help!
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