Coast Guard Boat Requirements

Coast Guard Boat Requirements for Safety in Summer and Fall

As August turns to September and summer becomes fall, have you been trying to get out on your vessel for one last summer party with family and friends? Do you want to have a good time on the water before the leaves fall and the air grows cold? Now is the time of year when…

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USCG Portal

Some Reasons Folks Document Their Vessel Through Our USCG Portal

“I guess vessel documentation is a good idea, but what are the real benefits to it if I don’t have to document my vessel?” At this point, you probably know that if your vessel measures five net tons or more and you’re using it for fishing and coastwise activities on navigable American waters or those…

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USCG vessels,

Ways USCG Vessels (and All Others) Can Stay Safe this Spring

Are you finally ready to take your vessel out on the water this spring, but want to make sure that everything is safe? Has the weather gotten warm enough to the point where it’s time to get your vessel out of storage? There is nothing, nothing like taking your boat out after it’s been locked…

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Coast Guard Documentation

Coast Guard Documentation Q&A

Q: What is a Coast Guard Documentation Number?  A: The Coast Guard Documentation Number is the official number of a documented vessel. This number is to be prominently displayed on the vessel, signifying its documented status. This number stays with the vessel for the vessel’s lifetime.  When someone sends in their form to get their…

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USCG vessel registry

Changing Your Vessel on the USCG Vessel Registry When Life Changes

Has your life changed significantly since you first registered your vessel? Did you move into a new phase of your life and are unsure how it relates to your spot on the USCG vessel registry? When we’re at the helm of our boats, the water can change at a moment’s notice. One minute, calm seas…

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Title Search Request

More Than a Place for USCG Vessels: Foreign Title Search Request

Have you been struggling to find the information you can trust about foreign vessels? Did you find the perfect vessel to buy, yet it’s in another country and you aren’t all that sure about its history? Here at the Maritime Documentation Center, we know how important it is to have all of the information you…

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USCG vessel documentation search by name

How To Conduct A USCG Vessel Documentation Search By Name

You are about to commit to purchasing a vessel from the previous owner, and want to know more about the boat before you put down the final payment. Just as you would want time to consider before making a large purchase such as a house or car, or even a diamond ring, so you should…

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USCG boat name

Finding Your Vessel With USCG Boat Names Searches

You have your eye on a new vessel that you want to buy. Just like with any other big investment, such as a house or a car, you will need to make sure that you are actually buying what is being offered and that it is the best vessel for you. You can’t send your…

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Coast Guard vessels

Get the Documentation that Coast Guard Vessels are Looking for

Sometimes, depending on the body of water you’re on, you could be stopped by Coast Guard vessels. This isn’t exactly like getting pulled over by the police, necessarily. It could happen for any number of reasons. Perhaps they noticed something amiss with your vessel, or maybe they had some kind of news that they had…

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