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Boat Registry Definition


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A registry in boating terms can be defined as a private or governmental agency that issues, administers and maintains boat, yacht and ship records. These are typically stored in an electronic database and made available to the general public. The agency itself is referred to as the registry and is supervised by a registrar. Resulting records are maintained in what is known as a register.


Although domestic registries exist in various forms, this term is most often associated with foreign flagging systems similar to USCG vessel documentation.


The United States vessel flagging system is most often referred to as Coast Guard documentation. The foreign equivalent, however, is typically known as a foreign registry.


Registry rules and regulations can be complicated and dealing with such agencies is often frustrating. Boaters unfamiliar with such procedures may accordingly wish to retain the services of a vessel documentation or titling professional.

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