Over four months ago I wrote about the costs and application process for getting our boat documented with the US Coast Guard. Last week, we finally got our certificate.
We were getting worried when we hadn't heard anything from the Coast Guard in 4 months. When I called about 2 or 3 weeks ago, I was told that they've been behind and the turnaround time is about four months. They said they had received our application and that we should be hearing something shortly. I don't know if my call prompted anything, but just a couple of days later I received a letter from the Coast Guard. It said that they needed clarification of the title, and it included a form that they needed us to sign and get notarized. The very next day we had the form signed, notarized and faxed back to the Coast Guard. We hoped it wouldn't be another four months before hearing anything. To our surprise, we had our certificate within a week.
I really didn't know what the certificate looked like, and what do ya know ... it looked like a certificate! I also kind of expected that we'd also receive some sort of sticker or something. Nope ... just the certificate with instructions to add the document number somewhere visible inside of our boat. Also, the number had to be added in a way that would result in damage if removed at a later time. They want this thing permanent!
When I called to check on the status, I was told that our boat had been previously documented. They were able to tell by the hull number of the boat. We were surprised to hear that our boat had been documented before, because we've never found those permanent numbers anywhere in the boat. I guess the previous owners never got around to it ... or maybe they were drug dealers living on the edge! That makes for a better story anyway.
Since I knew the boat had been previously documented, I "googled" our document number once we received it to see what I could find. It turns out that it had been documented under the name of "Synteny". We knew the boat had been named that at one point from old papers we had found on the boat. When we bought the boat, she was named "Warwick", and we re-named her "Nirvana", which means eternal bliss ... that's what we're looking for! I looked up the meaning of "Synteny" and it's some sort of scientific term meaning "two genes that occur on the same chromosome" ... is that like two peas in a pod?! I doubt it, but I like that better ... Ken and I are the two peas in the boat pod! I also looked up "Warwick", which made me think of spells and witches ... wait that's "warlock". "Warwick" actually means a dwelling by the river-dam. That makes more sense. I guess I don't have to worry about evil spells after all.
So, if you want to get your boat documented don't wait till the last minute! It takes a while, but it's not difficult. Basically, just pay them the money ... isn't that what they really want?
Now to figure out where to put the numbers in the boat. I don't want it to interfere with my future decor!
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!