Should You Get Vessel Documentation?

Vessel Documentation

If you have a boat, you’ve probably heard about vessel documentation. Many boat owners don’t know whether they should get it for their boats or not. For many, the idea of going through one more round of paperwork is anathema to the entire point behind having a boat in the first place (which is to enjoy the boat). On the other hand, if it’s something you need, you don’t want to take your boat out on the water without it. Here at our documentation site, we’d like to lay out exactly why you may want this documentation, so that you can enjoy your watercraft with peace of mind.

When You Need Vessel Documentation

Simply put all watercraft that weigh as much as five or more net tons and are used in various kinds of trade need vessel documentation. Many of these types of trade include Great Lakes trade, coastwise trade, navigable waters of the US, fisheries and more. If you’re going to take a vessel that size out in a commercial, trade capacity like that, then it’s in your best interests to get the vessel documented so that you don’t have to worry about it.

Vessel Documentation

Your USCG Documentation

There are times when you’re going to need this kind of documentation and you only have a boat you use for recreation. It’s necessary when you have a boat that’s five or more net tons. If you think about it, that’s a large boat. It makes sense that the government would want documentation of a boat that large even if you are just going to use it for pleasure cruising with your family and friends. Additionally, this documentation may become necessary f you’re using a commercial vessel that’s five or more tones and will be engaged in foreign trade. However, those don’t all have to be documented.

Critical Coast Guard Documentation

Vessel documentation does cost a bit of money, but the good news is, if you’re involved in trade, then the documentation will pay for itself rather quickly. Instead of worrying if the authorities are going to catch you operating without this documentation, you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you won’t have to worry about it. With one less concern, you can focus entirely on just doing your job, and making money with your commercial boating enterprise.

One Coast Guard Portal

When we started our business, we realized that all of the documents boat owners needed weren’t in one place. Even worse still, we saw that when boat owners did finally get the documents they needed, they weren’t easy to fill out. On top of that, they had to be mailed in. So many of these documents, if there’s even one little error, the document gets mailed back, and the cycle begins anew. We built this company to get around all of that. We can help you fill out your forms; get your vessel documentation, and so much more. All you have to do is call at us at (866) 981-8783 or go to our website.