USCG Yacht Documentation
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Protection for Yacht Owners
A USCG Yacht Documentation Certificate provides protection under the US flag if boarded by law enforcement. When traveling to foreign waters it facilitates clearance with foreign governments. It provides clear title and a history of the yachts ownership. When financed most banks require USCG Documentation.
Purchasing a yacht is a huge investment and requires a lot of research and thought. There are several possible options available, other than deciding on the type of yacht or cost. The legal ramifications including asset protection must be considered.
Before making the purchase and to protect yourself, your personal and other business assets, and your family it might be a better solution to consider owning the aircraft in a corporation.
If you agree, then the state of Delaware seems like the better option since it offers a favorable tax climate including:
No Sales tax
No Personal property tax
No Intangible property tax
No Stock transfer
What is US Coast Guard Documentation?
You must be a citizen of the US to document a vessel. If owned by a Corporation or LLC the company must be 75% owned by US citizens. For those clients who are not citizens of the US we offer a Trustee Owned Corporation opportunity so you can sail your boat anywhere in the world under the US flag.
Documentation is the national form of registering vessels. It is handled by the US Coast Guard and establishes unquestionable ownership and acts as the vessel’s passport in foreign waters. Documentation is required for the operation of vessels in certain trades and serves as evidence of nationality.
Documentation provides :
- Conclusive evidence of nationality for international purposes
- Provides for unhindered commerce between the states
- Admits vessels into certain restricted trades, such as coastwise trade and the fisheries
- Establishes an internationally recognized maritime title for the vessel
- Acts as the vessels passport in foreign waters
- A vessel must measure at least five net tons
- It can be owned by either an individual who is a citizen of the United States or a corporation in which 75% of the directors are American Citizens
- Usually a vessel 25 feet in length can qualify for documentation
- The tonnage is determined by volume of the vessel, not by how much the manufacturer says the vessel weighs
- Benefits of Documentation
- Documentation allows for easy entry into foreign ports.
- The chain of ownership of the vessel is maintained in one registry, a registry of history, pride, tradition and prestige.
- Documentation facilitates the sale of a vessel, particularly when financing is involved
Federal Documentation - Starting at $450.00
(Depending on history of Vessel)
Yacht Documentation is the national form of registering vessels. It is handled by the US Coast Guard and establishes unquestionable ownership and acts as the vessel’s passport in foreign waters. Documentation is required for the operation of vessels in certain trades and serves as evidence of nationality.
First Preferred Ship's Mortgage -$225.00
A preferred ship mortgage is a mortgage that is given status as a maritime lien. many financial institutions require vessels that are eligible for documentation to be documented and to have preferred ship mortgages recorded against them. The owner of the vessel is prohibited from making certain changes in documentation such as change of vessel ownership, name and hailing port without the consent of the mortgagee.
Special Internet Package" - $365 For Yacht Owners Residing in the US
Yacht Corporation Package includes:
- Preparation and filing of the Certificate of Incorporation
- Free Name Search
- 24 Hour Overtime Processing
- All State Filing Fees
- Certified Copy of Certificate
- Registered Agent Fee
- Processing of SS4 for EIN
You can be a Non-Citizen Owned Corporation to register a boat in Delaware.
For Delaware State Registration Call Our Office: 800-219-9359
Official Number Marking Requirements - How Do I Mark My Yacht?
Our fee to document a yacht is $450 which is a one time fee. However, the Certificate of Documentation must be renewed each year. We offer that service for an additional $65 at billing time. Prior to the purchase, it is also suggested that you request an Abstract of Title either through us or your yacht broker. The Abstract of Title will show you a complete history of the yacht including any liens or encumbrances still listed with the USCG. All fees concerning incorporation to purchase the yacht and USCG Documentation can be found in our List of Fees.