MARITIME LAW CENTER

Mike Vaughn, Attorney at Law
17011 Beach Blvd., Suite 900
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Direct Phone:  562-592-9350
Email: mike@vaughnlawoffice.com
CA State Bar No. 79661

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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-1270
  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

      

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