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]     4 RIVERFRONT YACHT                                                     U.S. Coast Guard changes

                                                                                  Certificate of Documentation
             SALES & SERVICES


             Ohio’s Dealer for                                                    to a 5 year period
     AUGUST 2021     [     MID-AMERICA BOATING
             Jeanneau                                                             New rule will spare some boaters a yearly task
             Sailboats
                                                                                   Of the nation’s nearly 12 million registered  a vessel is sold during the renewal period.
                                                                                  recreational boats, those owners who federal-  Boat owners generally choose to federally
                                                                                  ly document their vessels, or about 165,000  document vessels with the U.S. Coast Guard
                                                                                  boats, will be spared the hassle of renewing  versus the more common practice of state
                                                                                  their U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of  registration, for one of two reasons: the boat
                                                                                  Documentation every year as a result of  was purchased with a bank loan and the
                                                                                  recent rule change that now makes documen-  lender required it or the owner plans to trav-
                                                                                  tation valid for five years. The move was the  el beyond U.S. waters. A Certificate of
                                                                                  result of Coast Guard cost-saving efforts and  Documentation is internationally recognized
                                                                                  requirements set forth in the Frank LoBiondo  and makes it easier for American vessels to
                                                                                  Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018.  enter and leave foreign ports.
                                                                                   “The change to a five-year documentation  Documented vessels must also be a mini-
                                                                                  period will be a time-saver,” said BoatUS  mum of 5 net tons, which is about the size of
                                                                                  Manager of Government Affairs David  a 26-foot boat. BoatUS notes that net tons
                                                                                  Kennedy. Kennedy notes the new rule also  are more about (cargo) volume, than weight.
                                                                                  eliminates some options that were formerly  In a related issue, BoatUS continues to
                                                                                  available.                           advise boaters to be vigilant when renewing
              Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349 The 349 captivates with her pure lines, generous interior
              volume and inviting cockpit. Designed by Marc Lombard, the 349 is the perfect combination of   “Going forward, the five-year Certificate of  U.S. Coast Guard vessel documentation as
              performance, comfort and safety at sea. Whether in the cockpit or at the helm, at anchorage or at   Documentation is the only option available  official-looking vessel documentation renew-
              sea, you will enjoy taking full advantage of this seaworthy, stable and easy-to-handle sailboat.  for recreational vessels as the 2018 Act did  al notices can lead to confusion and higher
                                                                                  not allow for alternatives,” added Kennedy.  costs. Some BoatUS members have received
                          Offering ASA SAILING LESSONS &                           Formerly, documentation was $26 per year  notices that are not from the Coast Guard but
                                                                                  and boaters could select the number of years,  rather third-party companies whose name or
               CAPTAINED SAILING CHARTERS in downtown Cleveland                   from one to five. The new five-year documen-  return addresses may appear similar to that
                                                                                  tation cost for is fixed at $130. Additional fees  of the official U.S. Coast Guard National
                FRACTIONAL BOAT OWNERSHIP: Share the costs & time                 apply for initial documentation as well as  Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC).
                                                                                  exchanges. The Coast Guard will not issue  For more information on documentation
             commitment of owning and enjoying a Jeanneau 349 sailboat on         refunds if an owner chooses to cancel docu-  go to BoatUS.com/Documentation.
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             %PDLBHF  &MFDUSJDBM .FDIBOJDBM 4BMFT   4FSWJDF  216-861-7393         Boat owners will no longer need to renew their Certificate of Documentation every
                                                                                  year. (Photo: BoatUS)
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