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As part of the documentation process, an owner must provide certain details about the vessel's size, shape, configuration, and construction. This can be accommodated in three different ways, a simplified measurement form, a builder's certification, and what is called a "formal measurement". The formal option only applies to vessels longer than 78 feet and certain commercial applications. In cases where a vessel is used solely for recreational purposes, the simplified measurement can be used in place of a builder's certification. This does not, however, establish evidence of build and is best used only when a builder's certification is not available. This page deals with how to download and complete the simplified measurement form.


The simplified measurement form can be downloaded from the above WikiTags. It includes an instruction sheet with in-depth explanations of all fields. The form itself must be signed by the owner or one of multiple owners and does not require notarization. Upon entering the last item, be sure to press the enter key of your computer's keyboard. The net and gross tonnage figures should then appear in the upper left hand corner of the form. If less than 5 net tons, the vessel will not qualify for documentation.


Coast Guard measurement standards often differ from those set forth by a manufacturer's brochure and do not include fore and aft platforms such as  bowsprits or swim steps. The intent is to determine cargo capacity in terms of tonnage rather then overall footage.

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