NVDC satisfaction of mortgage

When Will You Need an NVDC Satisfaction Of Mortgage Vessel Document?

When you purchase a boat, it is standard practice to take out a particular type of loan known as a Preferred Ship Mortgage. These are a traditional type of bank loans, in operation for more than a century, which gives you special allowances on your mortgage, in exchange for the bank placing a lien on…

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Coast Guard vessel lookup

How A Coast Guard Vessels Lookup Could Help Protect Your Investment

You are considering buying a boat from a seller, and want to know more about the vessel than the buyer can tell you. You might want to know its place of origin, which can affect the type of registration you can apply for, or are concerned that there might be unresolved liens on the boat….

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documented vessel number

A Documented Vessel Number, Explained

If you have a documented vessel, you have a documented vessel number. You may wonder why you would want to get your vessel documented and how the process would work. There are many benefits to getting your documented vessel numbers, but it’s not for everyone. Some vessels have to be documented, whereas others shouldn’t be…

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US Boat Registry

Your Connection to the US Vessel Registry

The US Vessel Registry, among other things, keeps track of USCG vessel documentation. If this may sound new to you, it very much isn’t new. In fact, this is one of the first agreed-upon functions of the United States government. The 11th act of the very First Congress was setting up vessel documentation. The reasons…

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vessel documentation

Better Vessel Documentation Practices

Many of us are emotionally attached to our vessels, understandably so. After all, many of us have spent much of (if not the majority of) our lives on the water. We know our vessels as well as if not better than our homes. Indeed, for so many of us, our vessels are home. So, we…

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The National Vessel Documentation Center Renewal Online Service

The National Vessel Documentation Center Renewal Service Online

Spring is a time of renewal. The flowers are blooming, the leaves are sprouting, and the air is warming up. If you own your recreational vessel, you’ve probably been thinking about taking it back out on the water. Perhaps you’ve done so already. On some spring days, it can feel a little chill. However, on…

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MARAD Waiver

MARAD Wavier Explained

Of all of the different forms on our vessel documentation services site, the MARAD Waiver, or the MARAD Small Vessel Waiver Program, specifically, is one that we get the most questions about. To be clear, this is not a kind of vessel documentation that will apply to all that many boat owners. That being said,…

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Preferred Ship Mortgage

Preferred Ship Mortgage Explained

The “Preferred Ship Mortgage” is one of the ways that you can go about securing boat loans. Typically, this particular kind of mortgage is for vessels that are over 26 feet in length. For boats that are smaller than that, the title and a notation of the security interest recorded on the title should be…

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