Vessel Documentation Explained and Maritime Documentation Companies
What is Vessel Documentation?
Vessel documentation is the Federal registration of commercial and recreational vessels, of at least 5 net tons, with the United States Coast Guard and it is only available to United States citizens.
Documentation establishes an Internationally recognized Maritime Title.
Acts as the vessel's passport in foreign waters and assists in customs clearance.
Allows you to operate your vessel on any waterway in the United States without
going through each State's registration process.
Establishes an official basis for vessel identification.
The Coast Guard maintains a history of ownership, mortgages, claims and liens, thus an Abstract of Title can be furnished upon request. This is especially important at the time of purchase.
Most lenders require that the vessel be Federally Documented. This allows the lender to perfect a security interest, called a First Preferred Ship Mortgage, in the vessel that they are making a loan on.
Maritime Documentation Companies
* This list is provided as a courtesy only, and does not constitute any recommendation by Corinthian Yacht & Ship Brokers.
Dona Jenkins Maritime Document Service (619) 223-2279