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What to Know About the Different Types of Boat Documentation

If you’re looking to obtain a certificate of documentation for your vessel, it’s important to understand the options available to you. With several different types of boat documentation, you want to seek out the appropriate certificate for your vessel and what you plan to use it for. With the help of U.S. Vessel Documentation, Inc., you’ll get the right certification in an easy, affordable manner. We strive to streamline the registration process for your vessel. And we have a wealth of experience in the documentation field, offering assistance in obtaining a variety of endorsements.

Recreational and Coastwise Endorsements

The most basic documentation available to you is the Recreational endorsement. This is an entry point for documenting your vessel and allows for a limited range of uses. With this certification, you can use your boat for recreational purposes and recreational purposes only – you cannot use your boat for business endeavors. If you’re looking to use your vessel for employment, you’ll want a Coastwise endorsement. With this certification, you’ll be able to use your boat for trade, dredging, towing, and other services in U.S. waters.

Do You Need a Fishery Endorsement?boat documentation

Are your business interests for your vessel more serious in nature? If you’re looking to use your boat for commercial fishing, you’re going to want a Fishery endorsement from the U.S. Coast Guard. With this certification, you’ll be able to engage in trade in fisheries in U.S. waters, including Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Some strict requirements apply for obtaining this license, however. It’s mandatory that your boat have been built in the United States, and it must be greater than 165 feet in registered length. Additional requirements do apply, please feel free to get to know them on our website.

Let U.S. Vessel Documentation Online Assist with Your Needs

Have you determined the appropriate certificate of documentation for your boat? Let us at U.S. Vessel Documentation, Inc. help you with the registration process. Take some time to explore our website at and get to know some of the services we provide. We have a very helpful F.A.Q. section, and if you are curious about some of the specific things we can do for you, fill out our contact form so one of our experts can get in touch and address any questions or concerns you may have. You can also call 1-866-981-8783 to make all the questions you may need.