In 2018, there were approximately 11.85 million registered vessels in the USA and a total of 4 million unregistered. Boating is mainly a middle-class lifestyle choice as 62% of American boat possessors have a yearly household income that doesn't exceed $100,000. It's estimated that 1 in 10 US households owns a recreational boat.95% of watercraft vessels in the United States are small and towable powerboats, personal watercraft, and sailboats (less than 26 ft. long). The same percent (95%) applies to the number of powerboats sold in the USA that are made in the USA.
A new 22-foot pontoon boat costs around $35,000, but you can easily find smaller versions for less than $20,000 or longer ones at $50,000. Here arethe estimated prices for the most popular boat types owned by Americans:
Lengthwise, your spending cold vary between:
The annual cost of boat ownership varies between $4,000 and $12,000. The monthly expenses start from around $400 when we include maintenance, insurance, and winter storage, and could easily reach $800 or $1,000 when taking into consideration dock or mooring fees, registration and taxes.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, California and Michigan lead the top with most boat registrations:
Boats are not a waste of money and could be a good investment if the cost doesn't exceed your budget. Make sure you can afford it, pay it in cash, and keep in mind that besides the purchase price, there's a substantial set of upkeep costs: insurance, storage fees, fuel, oil and filter change, or propeller inspection.
The advantages of owning a boat:
Disadvantages of owning a boat:
To know who owns a vessel, do the following:
Write down the HIN from the boat registration certificate, stern of the boat, or bill of sale, and search it on a website that offers boat history reports lookup services. Please note that HIN is not available for boats built before November 1, 1972. Information about this type of asset can be found in asset search report results, as well.
Any watercraft capable of serving as means of transportation on the water that weights at least 5 net tons and hasn't been documented in another country can be registered with the US Coast Guard's National Vessel Documentation Centre if its owner is an American citizen. For the registration, the titleholder must file an "application for documentation" (form code USCG-1258) with the NVDC and submit other requested documentation, such as proof of ownership and tonnage, build, and dimensions.
If you want to obtain a title for a boat that doesn't have one, contact the state agency that handles boat registration or the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) because every state has different rules regarding boat titles. You'll need to provide a bill of sale from the boat possessor who sold it to you to prove you're the current owner of the boat.
Two or more individuals can purchase a vessel together. As long as it's stated in the contract, they'll both be considered the "joint legal owners" of it. The law recognizes equal interests between them and the "unity of the title." Joint ownership or co-ownership is a great solution for affording a better boat and also splitting the ongoing upkeep costs.
A fractional vessel refers to the shared ownership of a boat when somebody only owns a part of the yacht they are using, helping them keep buy-in costs low, and hiring a management company for the maintenance. Not to be mistaken for a time-share agreement where the buyer only purchases the right to own and use the boat for a limited time. Once that time is up their rights of property usage are no longer active.
A boat's capacity plate specifies the highest weight capacity allowed and/or the total number of people the vessel could easily carry in reasonable weather. For boating safety, the maximum weight includes the joint load of motors, gear, and adult passengers.
The Federal legislation requires for all powerboats with a 20-foot length (or less)to carry a Capacity Plate with the following information: the gross load limit, maximum number of passengers, and the maximum size of engine (horsepower) that the vessel can legally convey.
It depends on the state. For instance, a sailboat moored in California waterways should be registered with the DMV if it's longer than8 ft.
The states that only require registration and no title for boats are Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Maine, Tennessee, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wyoming.