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 their vessel registry for the particular boat that you are interested in. You can make this request using a number of different details, including the documentation number of the vessel or the boat name. Understanding how this search is conducted, and how it can help you to learn more about the boat is the key to deciding whether or not you need to use this service.
Using The Lookup Service
When you start a look up the USCG database, you will see a very basic looking page that requires you to fill in either the documentation number of the vessel or the name of the vessel. Once you have typed in this information, you can then request that the Coast Guard perform a search for this vessel. They will then be able to give you all of the results from the search. There are a number of reasons why you can benefit from using this vessel search. Most often, it is when someone is considering buying the vessel. However, you may also want to know more about a boat that you already own and conducting this search is the best way to find out the information you are looking for.
Conducting A Search For Your Own Vessel
A surprising number of people conduct the search is in order to know more about a boat that they already own. This is because ownership of the vessel does not mean that you know everything about it, and you may also want to know details about the status of USCG paperwork that you have submitted. Performing regular checks on your vessel can allow you to look up the progress of the paperwork and discover the status of your vessel. Without this function, you might be completely in the dark about whether your vessel has been documented or not. You can also use it to discover anomalies in the boat paperwork. For example, it might have been accidentally registered to a haven that is not local or other information is missing. This search gives you the chance to make corrections on the documentation.
Getting Help With Your Search
Not everyone is able to make use of the search function, and need the assistance of the Maritime Documentation Center to conduct a full US Coast Guard lookup of the registry. Our experience of working with the registry means that we are likely to be able to conduct research easily and to find the results that you are looking for. If you need help with any documentation, form filling, or searching, reach out to our team today online, or call us on 1 (800) 535-8570 now.