Are you in the process of deciding what you’re going to use your vessel for? Do you think you’re going to get a Certificate of Documentation but want to be 100% sure it’s the right call? That makes all the sense in the world. For many folks, they need to document their vessels. It’s the only way to be in compliance with the Coast Guard when they go out on the water. That said, there are plenty of folks who don’t need to register their vessels. There are even people who don’t have to document their vessels yet choose to do so. Here at U. S. Vessel Documentation Online, we can help you to chart the best course for you going forward.
Vessel Owners Who Must Get a Certificate of Documentation
Does your vessel measure five net tons or more? Before you answer, remember that “net tons” does not measure weight (as “tons” would) but rather, it measures “volume.” If you aren’t sure of the answer, another question: is your vessel 25 feet or longer? If so, then it almost assuredly measures five net tons. Should your vessel be that size or bigger and you’re using it for fishing activities or to carry people/goods on US waters, then you need to get it documented. As you might imagine, there are plenty of exceptions, but that’s a good, baseline answer.
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