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    Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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How to Document Your Boat with the USCG

HOW TO DOCUMENT YOUR BOAT WITH THE U.S. COAST GUARD
By Mike Vaughn

About the Author:
Mike Vaughn is a Maritime Attorney based in Huntington Beach, California whose practice is restricted to maritime business and vessel acquisition and sales.

Synopsis of the Book:
This is an important reference book for anyone involved in the acquisition and sale of yachts and ships. It provides a detailed, step-by-step series of forms to deal with almost any situation.

Table of Contents

PART I.  INTRODUCTION

  • Vessel Documentation
  • State Registration
  • Comparison of State and U.S. Registrations
  • Purpose of Registration & Documentation
  • Documentation with the USCG National Office of Documentation
  • Commercial Ship Registration
  • Citizenship of Owner
  • The Certificate of Documentation
  • Foundational Requirements for Documentation
  • Gross & Net Tonnage
  • Citizenship of Owner
  • Requirements for Documentation of Commercial Vessels

PART II.  PROCEDURE FOR DOCUMENTING A U.S. FLAG YACHT

  • Purchase of an Already Documented Pleasure Vessel
  • Abstract of Title
  • Bill of Sale
  • Corporate Ownership
  • Application for Certificate of Documentation
  • Vessel Mortgages & Liens
  • Citizenship Declaration
  • Filing Fees

PART III.  WHAT TO SEND TO THE U.S. COAST GUARD

  • Document List
  • Sample Cover Letter to USCG

PART IV.  INITIAL DOCUMENTATION FOR VESSELS NOT PREVIOUSLY DOCUMENTED

  • Builder’s Certificate
  • Fees

PART V.  COMMERCIAL VESSELS - SPECIAL RULES

  • Jones Act Requirements

PART VI.  REMOVING A VESSEL FROM DOCUMENTATION

  • Reasons for Removal
  • Requirements
  • Assistance from Vessel Documentation Center 21

FORMS SECTION

    1.   Certificate of Documentation CG-12702.

    2.   Application for Simplified Measurement CG-5397

    3.   Abstract of Title Request (Auth. for Credit Card Transactions)

    4.   New 2nd Page of Bill of Sale

    5.   Bill of Sale Form CG-1340

    6.   Bill of Sale (State)

    7.   Application Form for Initial Issue CG-1258

    8.   Satisfaction / Release of Mortgage or Claim of Lien

    9.   Consent for Mortgage Transfer Form CG-4593

    10. Filing Mortgage Form CG-5542

    11. First Preferred Mortgage

    12. Declaration of Citizenship