Coast Guard documentation

Better, Faster Access to the Coast Guard Portal

Have you tried to fill out your vessel documentation forms on one site or another only to find that it’s far more complicated than it should be? Did you send in your initial documentation or some similar form, only to have it sent back to you on a technicality? These are just some of the…

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Coast Guard boat requirements

Beyond Coast Guard Boat Requirements: Safe Boating This Summer

No matter when and where you’re boating, safety is always what’s most important. Boating during the summer of 2020, however, presents new challenges. The pandemic has upended so much and boating is no exception. While the primary focus of our site is making sure that you have all of the documentation you need to be…

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Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center

Sending Forms To The Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center

So you need to send some documentation to the Coast Guard, and have been struggling for a few weeks now. The bureaucracy of the USCG means that you have to complete all of the forms correctly each time, and with all of the documentation and evidence that is required. You might have thought that this…

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Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center

Use The Coast Guard Lookup Service To Search For Vessels

When you are thinking about taking ownership of a new boat, you want to know as much as possible about it before you lay out any money. The key to finding out more about the boat is making a request for a Coast Guard lookup. This application will request that the US Coast Guard searches…

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a Certificate of Documentation

Getting a Certificate of Documentation Without Being Certifiable

If you’re like so many other vessel owners, then you probably have a procedure for when you start your vessel up. You may have a checklist you go through in order to make sure that everything is in working order before you set out on the water. Your vessel documentation works in a similar fashion….

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USCG national vessel documentation

Why Would Someone Want USCG National Vessel Documentation?

“Is all of this USCG national vessel documentation really necessary?” Vessel owners everywhere have asked themselves this question for many years. That question is often asked while poring over some form, trying to figure out the right way to complete it. It’s true: even the correct form of vessel documentation doesn’t make a ship more…

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Coast Guard vessel search

A Coast Guard Vessel Search Provides Valuable Information

We live in an age today where information is vital in nearly every decision we make. Whether we are looking to select a doctor, a restaurant, a wireless phone plan, or buy a new couch, we do research and look at reviews and background to see what the best choice would be. Now think about…

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maritime documents

Maritime Documents that are Actually Useful

From the moment you get serious about purchasing a vessel, you may be inundated with different maritime documents. Many of these documents will be frivolous and unnecessary at best: flyers for sales, information about boats on sale, and the like. Some, like the kind you may find when you’re researching boats online, will be out…

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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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