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USCG Documentation and State Registration Question

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My question is specific to Texas and USCG Documentation.

I'm berthed near Galveston Texas, and I cruise my boat in Texas and Louisiana and that will not change for a while.

If I let my USCG Documentation lapse, what changes except I do not pay the $65 renewal every year?

Texas will make me put Texas numbers on the bow of the boat but the registration fee of $150 for two years stays the same.

So where is the downside to dropping USCG registration?

I think I just read somewhere that the USCG is changing the doc requirement to 5 year renewal period? Anyone else heard this?

Yeah, I heard about that too a while ago...

Just in case double-check I'll link the page for you. ... ling-port/
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