What vessels are exempt?
What Vessels are Exempt from Coast Guard Documentation? waters/canals of any state, or on the rivers or lakes (except for the Great Lakes).
US Code states that any vessel that does not operate on America’s navigable waters or EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) fisheries is exempt from a requirement to be documented.
Vessels measuring less than five net tons are excluded from documentation as well, according to Cornell law.
Non-self-propelled vessels which are qualified to engage in coastwise trade are exempt from the requirement to be documented with a coastwise endorsement even when they are in engaged in coastwise trade provided they are either within a harbor, on the internal.