Coast Guard vessel registry

What Goes into the Coast Guard Vessel Registry?

If you are new to the boating world and are just starting your search for your first large recreational vessel, there is some homework that you will want to do before you take the plunge and buy a boat. Starting out by researching what is required in your state regarding boat ownership is always a…

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How Getting a USCG Abstract of Title Can Help You

You have spent months looking through online advertisements, publications, and ship brokers for a recreational vessel that suits all your wants and needs. None of them had seemed just right to you until just now when you came across that ship for sale that is ideal. It is the right size, has the features and…

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USCG National Vessel Documentation Center

All You May Need from the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center

Buying a recreational or commercial vessel is a big step for you to take. Whether you are starting up a commercial fishing or charter business, or just purchased the yacht of your dreams so that you can sail where you want when you want, you have a lot of time, money, and effort invested in…

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A Certificate of Documentation: Certificate to Make Money

To be clear, the title of this blog, “a certificate of documentation: certificate to make money” is meant metaphorically, not literally. The phrase “certificate to make money” has been used throughout time to describe an opportunity that allows a person to make more money than they would have otherwise. It can safely be said of…

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Renew Coast Guard Documentation the Easy Way

Getting your initial documentation for your vessel isn’t easy. Then, you have to renew coast guard documentation, which can be even more difficult. As vessel owners ourselves, we always thought that was too much trouble for one person to have to deal with. If you have a vessel and have to deal with vessel documentation,…

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Help Available at the National Vessel Documentation Center

We understand that vessel documentation can be confusing. Even if you’ve spent your entire life on boats and the water, even if you’ve owned your vessel for several years, the documentation process can be an opaque one. You may be going through our site, wondering which document is right for your vessel, if any of…

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What is a Hailing Port – and other Vessel Questions

“Preferred Ship’s Mortgage,” “Hailing Port,” “MARAD” – vessel documentation is full of odd phrases you probably don’t hear in other walks of life. That’s just one part of the documentation that makes it a bit opaque and confusing to people, even those who have been dealing with it for years. Of course, it doesn’t help…

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NOAA fisheries vessel documentation search

The Top NOAA Fisheries Vessel Documentation Search and More

At our site, you can find the easiest, most direct path to the top NOAA fisheries vessel documentation search. Some of you may be looking a bit askance at that, as you may know, the United States Coast Guard doesn’t provide NOAA Fisheries with vessel ownership info anymore. Instead, it’s all run through the place…

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USCG National Vessel Documentation Center

Our Help with USCG National Vessel Documentation Center

We make dealing with the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center that much easier. Having a vessel is exciting, whether you’re using it to spend time with those closest to you, or if you’re using it in the course of maritime business. When you need documentation, you should have to work too hard to find exactly…

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Coast Guard Boat Registration Database

Our Relationship to the Coast Guard Boat Registration Database

At the Maritime Documentation Center, we are not the Coast Guard Boat Registration Database. However, we do make interacting with that database easier. We can help with plenty of the functions that can make working with the Coast Guard to get your documentation that much simpler to deal with. If you think of the Coast…

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