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Introduction


Aug 5, 2023 - Deceptive boating websites have become ever more commonplace in the marine industry and are increasingly difficult to recognize. In an effort to alert the boating community, we have constructed a list of those which have been brought to our attention.

BoatReg.com  (aka Boat Reg LLC)


BoatReg.com is not a government website and does not provide official USCG vessel certificates of documentation. Delaware is a non-title state and its boat registrations afford no official recognition under the U.S. flag. Owners of boats registered in Delaware must furthermore certify that such state will be the principle place of operation. Their website offers no physical address and a business entity search in Delaware produces no records under their title or the named LLC. The underlying domain record for this website is privatized and offers no organizational information.

Delaware Yacht Registration


Delaware Yacht Registration has no governmental connection and does not provide USCG vessel documentation national flag services. Delaware is a non-title state and its registrations confer no privileges under the U.S. flag. In order to qualify for a Delaware registration, the owner must certify that such state will be the principle place of operation. The type and place of organization is not shown on their website, although this company does not appear to be domiciled in the United States. The underlying domain record for this website is privatized and offers no organizational information.

National Documentation Portal  (aka U.S. Vessel Documentation Inc.) (aka Vessel Documentation Online Organization)


National Documentation Portal is not a government website and has no connection whatsoever with the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center. An inordinate number complaints are related to the  trade name and its aliases. There is no indication as to where the business is licensed or registered and it shows no physical address. The domain record for this site does not offer any organizational information.

Vessel Documentation Management System  (aka American Vessel Documentation)


Vessel Documentation Management System is not a government website and has no connection whatsoever with the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center. It is not registered as a member of the American Vessel Documentation Association (AVDA). It does not provide state level boat registration data. The social media links on this website are not linked to any respective sites. Neither of the trade names are registered as a business in Virginia. There is no other information on this website to indicate where the business is licensed or registered. The underlying domain record for this website is privatized and offers no further organizational data.

Vessel Documentation Online  (aka Vessel Documentation Online, LLC)


Vessel Documentation Online is not a government website that has no connection whatsoever with the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center. There is no information on this website to indicate where the business is licensed or registered and it shows no physical address. The website domain registration offers no organizational information.

Vessel Documentation Portal  (aka National Doc Center Organization)


Vessel Documentation Portal is not a government website and has no connection whatsoever with the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center. It also has an inordinate number of complaints with the Better Business Bureau. There is no information on this website to indicate where and how the business is licensed or registered and it shows no physical address. The domain record for this website does not offer any organizational information.

Vessel Registrar Center  (aka Maritime Documentation Center) (aka Vessel Documentation Registrar, LLC) (aka Documentation Center Prof Organization)


Vessel Registrar Center is not a government website and has no connection whatsoever with the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center. There are a large number of complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau under Maritime Documentation Center which is linked to this website. A Google search under the additional aliases also reveals numerous negative reviews. There is no information on this website to indicate where the business is licensed or registered and it shows no physical address. The domain registration for this website offers limited organizational information.

Conclusion


Boaters should know exactly who they are working with and have confidence in any representations. As a matter of due diligence, it may warrant further investigation into the websites listed herein.


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