National Vessel Documentation: Pathway to America

National Vessel Documentation Pathway to America

Often, we’ll get some version of the question: “what’s so important about vessel documentation anyway?” Sure, when you want to go out and spend time on your boat, it may seem like one more hassle. But, it’s actually important and can even provide peace of mind. Sure, it won’t make your vessel larger, help you to carry more cargo or go faster on the water. When you use our site to take care of all of your national vessel documentation however, you give yourself one less thing to worry about.

Vessel Documentation Origins

We didn’t just start documenting vessels in this country. This isn’t a thing that began when folks started getting smartphones. In fact, it goes all the way back to the 11th act of the very first Congress. That means that Congress addressed this eleventh, which is before they tackled quite a few other important issues. Among the reasons they did so is that making sure that vessels are properly documented is important to a government. Sure, today the Federal Government is not necessarily worried that your vessel is actually a British warship ready to attack, but documentation is important for many reasons.

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Proves Nationality

Most of us are used to showing our driver’s license if we have to. When you travel abroad with your vessel, a driver’s license might not be enough. In fact, if you want to conclusively show that you have an American vessel, then vessel documentation can’t be beat. This vessel documentation will prove conclusively where you’re from, in an unimpeachable way. That’s just one of the many reasons that folks get this documentation.


Another reason to get your vessel documented is that you can get a Preferred Ship’s Mortgage on one. Financing is much easier to get when your vessel is documented. If you go through our site, you’ll find that this is one more form that we can assist our customers with. Simply go to the left of our site, and you’ll find a document for your “Pref. Ship Mortgage.” We see it as just one more way that we can help you to get your vessel documentation in order.

“Unhindered Commerce Between the States”

That’s one more benefit of our documentation. Should you have this documentation, that’s exactly the level of commerce between the states you can engage in: unhindered. That means that basically, America opens up to you as a way to make money with your vessel. In fact, with this documentation, you can even get into restricted trades, such as fisheries and certain coast wise trade. This documentation can be a great way to make money.

National Vessel Documentation With Us

All of the forms you’ll need for your vessel’s documentation, whether you use it for commerce or recreation, can be found at our site. Beyond simply getting the documentation or a Preferred Ship’s Mortgage, you can find a bevy of other forms as well. Any questions? Just give us a call at (866) 981-8783.