Chapter 1: The Basics of Your Boat

Boat Registration

Powered boat owners are required to register the vessel in their state. Depending upon the size, some larger vessels are also required to be registered with the U.S. Coast Guard. All U.S. states allow navigation in state waters by boats registered in another state. However, if the boat is permanently relocated to a new state, it will have to be registered in that state.

Finally, some states require non-powered vessels above a certain length to be registered. Always review the state's regulations to determine if your vessel requires registration. Regulations related to registration number are in the state specific chapter.