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Vessel Documentation Explained
and Maritime Documentation Companies

What is Vessel Documentation?

Vessel documentation is the Federal registration of commercial and recreational vessels, of at least 5 net tons, with the United States Coast Guard and it is only available to United States citizens.

  • Documentation establishes an Internationally recognized Maritime Title.
  • Acts as the vessel's passport in foreign waters and assists in customs clearance.
  • Allows you to operate your vessel on any waterway in the United States without going through each State's registration process.
  • Establishes an official basis for vessel identification.
  • The Coast Guard maintains a history of ownership, mortgages, claims and liens, thus an Abstract of Title can be furnished upon request. This is especially important at the time of purchase.
  • Most lenders require that the vessel be Federally Documented. This allows the lender to perfect a security interest, called a First Preferred Ship Mortgage, in the vessel that they are making a loan on.

Maritime Documentation Companies

Listed Alphabetically

* This list is provided as a courtesy only, and does not constitute
any recommendation by Corinthian Yacht & Ship Brokers.

  • Dona Jenkins Maritime Document Service
    (619) 223-2279

  • The Mary Conlin Company
    Mary Bacon
    (949) 646-5917

  • Reliable Documentation, Inc.
    Kathy (Krenick) Ford
    (949) 209-8870

  • Vessel Documentation Services
    Maribeth Rogers
    (805) 886-1660


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3600 South Harbor Blvd, Suite 113
Channel Islands Harbor
Oxnard, CA 93035-4136, United States

Tel 805-382-6050
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