Keeping Boat Documentation When Things Go Wrong

Boat Documentation

Did something recently go awry which has put your boat documentation in jeopardy? Does it feel as if you’re going to lose the ability to use your vessel as you would like (or you already have?) If you have a documented vessel, odds are that you want to keep that vessel documented. Should you use it in a commercial capacity, for example, in fishing activities or coastwise trade on the navigable waters of the US/the EEZ, you need to do so. At our site, we make it easier to keep your registration when things don’t go your way. 

You Miss the Boat Documentation Renewal Deadline 

Every year, your vessel documentation has to be renewed. That said, vessel owners miss this deadline often, as it’s very easy to do so. Should this happen to you, you can no longer use the “renewal” option at our site. That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck, however, far from it. Indeed, you can avail yourself of the “reinstatement” option. There, you can fill out that form and get right back to compliance. 

Boat Documentation

When to Renew Your Vessel Documentation 

In terms of renewing your documentation, the best time to do this is in the same month that you initially received your Certificate of Documentation (if you got it in November, renew it the next November, etc.) You can renew earlier, but, if you do so, then you’ll have to renew it during that month every year, actually costing yourself more money. So, if you got your certificate in November, you can renew it in September, but your next renewal deadline will be in September. Of course, at our site, you can renew for up to five years in advance with the press of a button – even when you get your initial documentation. 

You Lost Your Certificate of Documentation 

Should that be the case, you’re considered to be no longer documented. This might seem a bit extreme, but a copy of your Certificate is not considered good enough for documentation, nor is a saved .jpg in the cloud or something similar. You need an actual, physical Certificate of Registration. That said, you can find this easily at our site as well. Simply click on “Replacement” and we’ll get that out to you as quickly as possible. 

Getting Your Vessel Documented in the First Place and More 

Of course, you only need to be able to renew or regain your documentation if you already have it in the first place. We can help with that as well. As you can see from a quick look at our site, “initial” is right there on the left side of our page. Moreover, we do everything we can to make filling out any of these forms easier, through our mobile optimization. That way, you can complete these forms from practically anywhere and on any device (so long as you’re connected to the internet). That way, you can fit it into your schedule. For more, check out our site.