Re: Documenting a boat??why would you?
Interesting question. From what I have learned so far, 1)documenting the vessel does not remove the owner from registering (and paying the annual fee) to the state. At least in NJ you still need to display your annual registration sticker, but you do not have to display the hull numbers 2)It is often required when you finance a larger boat because it enters the boat into the CG's data base which make banks feel more secure about their collateral and 3)I heard rumors that if the boat is stolen, stealing a documented boat vs an undocumented boat carries stiffer penalties. Hope this helps.