US Boat Registry: What it is, How to Get On It, and Why You May Want To

Are you looking to learn more about whether or not you should join the US Boat Registry and how it could benefit you, if at all? Our vessel documentation site is here to help. In this blog post, we’ll be going over the US Boat Registry in detail, explaining what it is and why it may be beneficial for boat owners like yourself to join. We will also discuss how to get on the registry in an easy-to-follow manner so that you can ensure your vessel meets all necessary criteria and take advantage of any available benefits as soon as possible.

A Simpler Way to Get on the US Boat Registry 

We understand that filling out vessel documentation is not necessarily most folks’ idea of a good time. To that end, we do everything in our power to make it as easy as possible. You can fill out your initial vessel documentation right here at our site. As our site is optimized for mobile devices, you can fill it out in just a few minutes, provided you have everything in front of you you need. 

Understanding the Registration Process – What You Need to Do

The registration process can often be intimidating, but understanding what you need to do can make it a breeze! One of the first things you should do is gather all the required documentation, such as your identification, proof of address, and any relevant certificates or qualifications. Once you have everything in order, just fill out the forms at our site. 

Registration Eligibility

When it comes to documenting your vessel, there are certain eligibility standards that have to be met. For example, your vessel has to measure at least five net tons and be wholly owned by an American citizen. Remember: “Net tonnage” is a measurement of volume and not of weight. If your vessel is 25 feet or longer, then it almost invariably measures at least five net tons. 

Who Has to Register Your Vessel 

There are certain vessel owners who, depending on how they plan on using their vessels, have to document them. Case in point: anyone who is going to use their vessel for commercial fishing operations on the navigable waters of the United States or in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Additionally, anyone who will transport people and/or merchandise on those same waters will be required to document their vessel. 

US Boat Registry

All the Forms You May Need for the Course of Vessel Ownership

The above has been said, you certainly may choose to document your vessel even if you are just going to use it for recreation, or having fun with friends and family. Why? Well, for one reason, you may wish to apply for a First Preferred Ship Mortgage. Only if your vessel is documented (or has a documentation application on file at the NVDC) can you apply for that. To find this form and all other pertinent ones for documented vessels, click on our site.