uscg vessel documentation

US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation

marine documentations, inc.

Marine Documentations, Inc. offers a full line of USCG vessel documentation and other purchaser services such as recording ship's mortgages, title searches, and Coast Guard Bills of Sale. Our services are available for both new and used boats as well as pleasure and commercial vessels.

Choose the Professionals

With 35 years of experience, our staff guarantees you fast and accurate service. Located in the historic boating community of Hampton, VA, Marine Documentations, Inc is staffed by boaters like you. We work with all major marine lenders and our job is to make sure your transaction goes smoothly!

Why Document ?

Documentation is the federal registration of a boat with the US Coast Guard. US Coast Guard vessel documentation is recognized internationally as a certificate of ownership and nationality. Therefore, documented vessels are protected as Vessels of The United States.

To be federally documented, the owners of the vessel must be citizens of the United States. Usually, any boat over 26 feet in length qualifies for documentation. A documented vessel is identified by an 'Official Number' which is carved or bonded to the hull of the vessel. This permanent numbering system acts as a theft deterrent. If stolen, a documented vessel falls under federal jurisdiction for recovery and prosecution, rather than state or local.

A complete vessel file, including the chain of ownership and all recorded liens and mortgages, is maintained at the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC). Also, documented vessels do not have to clear Customs when returning to or leaving the United States. Instead, a Report of Departure or Arrival is made to the Customs office, and a permit is signed by the master.