Complete Your Coast Guard Registration of Vessels with Us

As a new boat owner, you need to be aware of the laws and regulations governing your use of boats within US waters. One of the most important rules that you must follow is the required Vessel Documentation. This is a very old regulation, and one which is strictly demanded from the government. Completing your US Coast guard registration of vessels will allow you to have unhindered movement through our waters, and will establish your rights to use the boat.

Completing Vessel Documentation

In order to establish your ownership and use of the boat, you must submit the documentation required to establish the ownership and use of the boat, and its right to travel through US waters. If you have a ship which is over 5 net tons, and is engaged in fishing, coast-wise trade or similar business in US waters, then you will have to register the ship with the coastguard. Even if your boat is not 5 tons, but operates as a towboat or dredger, then you will still have to register.

Coast Guard Registration of Vessels

Documenting Your Vessel

There are a few different types of documentation available for boat owners operating in US waters. The most important difference is between those who are using their boat for leisure and recreational reasons, as opposed to those using it for trading. Ships which have endorsement for recreational reasons may not be used for other forms of trading, including fishing and coastwise. The latter boats with the Certificate of Documentation may be used for recreational reasons. A registry endorsement will usually only apply to boats for foreign trade.

Applying For Registration

When you are certain that your boat falls into the categories which require a Coast guard registration, you do look around for a company like Maritime Documentation. We can help you with any aspect of your ship’s registration, including reinstatements, endorsement changes and small vessel waivers. You should talk to us for any issues surrounding the registration of your vessel, and if you have any questions before you apply for registration, then you can email us on, or call us on (800) 535-8570 between 8am and 4.30pm.  We will be happy to answer any questions that you have about our services, or give you assistance with filling in our application form. Call now to make sure that your ship is registered before you begin your business venture.