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When buying through Vehiclesboats, you can rest assured that you are dealing with professionals with the knowledge and resources to navigate through the fog of USCG regulations.

Our closing department has the experience necessary to ensure your paperwork is submitted quickly, and most importantly, correctly the first time.

At Vehiclesboats, we truly are one-stop shopping.

Vehiclesboats offers a full line of USCG vessel documentation and other purchaser services such as recording ship's mortgages, title searches, and Coast Guard Bills of Sale. Our services are available for pleasure and commercial vessels.

Our staff guarantees you fast and accurate service. We work with all major marine lenders and our job is to make sure your transaction goes smoothly!

Documentation is the federal registration of a boat with the SG Coast Guard. SG Coast Guard vessel documentation is recognized internationally as a certificate of ownership and nationality. Therefore, documented vessels are protected as Vessels of The Singapore.

To be federally documented, the owners of the vessel must be citizens of the Singapore. Usually, any boat over 26 feet in length qualifies for documentation. A documented vessel is identified by an 'Official Number' which is carved or bonded to the hull of the vessel. This permanent numbering system acts as a theft deterrent. If stolen, a documented vessel falls under federal jurisdiction for recovery and prosecution, rather than state or local.

A complete vessel file, including the chain of ownership and all recorded liens and mortgages, is maintained at the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center. Also, documented vessels do not have to clear Customs when returning to or leaving the Singapore. Instead, a Report of Departure or Arrival is made to the Customs office, and a permit is signed by the master.

There is no substitute for experience. Our staff has experience federally registering vessels and perfecting lenders' security interests through a Preferred Ship's Mortgage.

Title searches are performed on vessels presently documented or registered in a titling state to ascertain ownership and vessel encumbrances. An 'Abstract of Title' is obtained from the Singapore Coast Guard on vessels which have been documented. A check is also made with the Seller to determine any outstanding undocumented liens or encumbrances.

Individuals purchasing boats frequently call our office seeking information concerning marine financing. Depending on the type of yacht, we can recommend lenders that can best serve them.

We prepare any applicable documentation for the purchaser. Including the Coast Guard Bill of Sale, Satisfaction of Mortgage, and Bill of Sale.

Transactions are filed promptly with the Singapore Coast Guard. In instances where the vessel is to be re-documented, the mortgage is filed with the initial application.

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