Changing Your Vessel’s Hailing Port is Now Easier Than Ever

There are a few key pieces of data in relation to your vessel that will prove to be very important in terms of its standing with the law. On one hand, the name will probably be the most evident. However, just as important, you have your vessel’s hailing port.

What is a Hailing Port?

A hailing port is, well, the port from which a vessel hails. Every vessel has a main port where they are docked, a homeport in which the owner of the vessel lives, or that which is nearest to their place of residence. This dock’s name needs to be painted on the stern of all documented vessels by law, just like the vessel’s name itself. In fact, the hailing port is almost as important as the name of the vessel, which is why, when registering your vessel with the United States Coast Guard, you have to establish the hailing port of your vessel and display it accordingly on the stern. 

When to Change Your Hailing Port

It’s important to know that if you move, and your vessel moves along with you, you will have to make the necessary changes to its hailing port on the registration and the vessel itself. This maintains the information on the United States Coast Guard up to date and makes it easy for you to keep the abstract of title accurate for future use. If you need to change your vessel’s hailing port or even its name for that matter, then all you need to do is fill out the form we have here on our website. Just head over to our home page and you will find it ready for you to simply input your data.

What Happens Next?

You might be wondering why exactly you are trusting a third party site with processes that should be handled directly with the Coast Guard. Well, should you be? After all, any process of this type will always take forever when trusting the government to figure it out. What we do is take care of all the in-between stages for you. This means that if you made any mistakes when filing your forms, for example, we can help you correct them before filing them. If these go unnoticed, you will have to wait for the Coast Guard to mail you back your documents and start the process all over again.

Maritime Documentation Center

At the Maritime Documentation Center, our mission is to help you efficiently take care of all your boat-related documents and registration. Whether you need to need to register a new vessel or to change its hailing port, we are always here to help. You just need to find the right form for what you need to get done on our home page and fill it in accordingly. Let us take care of the rest! Do you have questions about a process and are looking to learn more about how we can help? Give us a call at 1-800-535-8570 or email us at We are here to guide you through your vessel registration.