Welcome to our Foreign Yacht Registry page!

Our foreign page contains information, articles, data, and other resources regarding the placement and removal of yachts with foreign registry systems. It serves as a gateway to our collection of services, forms, and guidelines related to foreign registration and titling. You will also find items about importing or exporting vessels, translations, and other foreign boating information.

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Foreign Registry Advisor  -  Answers to frequently asked questions about foreign yacht registries as they relate to vessel documentation and boat registration here in the United States.

Import Brokers  -  Visit our Directory Page for a listing of links to customs house brokers that can assist with importing vessels from foreign countries all over the world.

Foreign Registry Summary  -  Links to Information, forms, instructions, databases, and other resources for yacht registry and provincial boat licensing in various foreign countries.

Translation Services  -  Visit our Directory Page for links to professional services for translating foreign vessel certificates and other documents to meet the requirements of state and federal agencies.

About Delaware Yacht Registration  -  Get the inside story on Delaware yacht registration. Information and resources for domestic and foreign owners when registering a boat in the State of Delaware.

Foreign Registry Services  -  Visit our Directory Page for a list of service companies that can assist with the removal and placement of vessels into foreign registries throughout the world.

Yacht Deregistration Certificates  -  Deregistration certificates for state registered boats and U.S. Coast Guard documented vessels. Complies with the registry requirements of most foreign countries.

Delaware Yacht Registration Services - Visit our Services Page for yacht registration or removal certification services in the State of Delaware. Your choice of our economical self-service kit or full-services by a titling professional.

 About Foreign Registry Systems

          Foreign countries typically employ vessel registry or flagging systems similar to our federal system which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel and its owners must meet certain qualifications, certificates of registry are issued, abstracts of title or transcripts are maintained, and mortgages can be recorded against the vessel. There are also deregistration procedures that apply when removing or transferring a vessel from such systems.

          While there is nothing that prohibits Coast Guard documentation of foreign built or registered vessels, such conditions may preclude the acquisition of certain trade endorsements. The documentation procedures are the same, except the National Vessel Documentation Center will require evidence of removal from the foreign registry system.

          The main area of concern when dealing with foreign vessels is the language under which the ships papers are written. English versions are issued by many countries, but this is not always the case. The services of a qualified translator may therefore be required in order to convert such documents into a format acceptable for the respective country. Other issues that may need to be addressed are notary authentications, lien searches, and matters of customs clearance.

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