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March 18, 2024 - An electronic signature in boating terms can be described as a method of transmitting the acceptance of a particular document, form or contractual arrangement. These are typically sent online as an attachment by email or through an online web form submission. The effectiveness and legality of such action may vary among various jurisdictions. Other terms related to an electronic signature include e-signature or digital signature.


When it comes to boat transactions, the legal implications and acceptance of electronic signatures may vary according to the type of transaction and jurisdiction in which implemented. The Coast Guard and most states do not allow electronic signatures on boat registration forms and applications, especially those requiring a notarization

Digital - Electronic Signature

An electronic signature is generally implemented through the use of a computer mouse, touch screen or pen shaped stylus. Digital signatures are a more secure and reliable type of electronic signature as they include the generation of a digitally coded key which is used for validation purposes.

Wet Signature

Wet or pen and ink signatures are those applied directly to a form or document without the use of electronics.


Electronic signatures are becoming ever more poplar and commonplace throughout the boating industry. However, there may be some drawbacks in utilizing such methods. Boaters should consult with an attorney about any questions or concerns about a particular transaction.

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