Yachting Glossary

Inspected Vessel

Inspected vessel refers to a vessel which is required to be inspected by the Coast Guard in order to be legally authorized to navigate in US waters. The inspected vessel requirements extend to vessels that are designed to carry over 7 passengers for hire […]

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Detect Notification

A detect notification is used by boat manufacturers to notify the boat owner of any aspects where the boat fails to comply with the standard applicable regulations. A detect notification will also be used where the boat imposes a substantial risk of injury to the public […]

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Coast Guard

A Coast Guard is the primary national organization for maritime law enforcement and maritime safety. Coast Guard responsibilities differ from country to country, for example some countries adopt military force Coast Guards with responsibilities for customs and securities where as other countries which have Coast Guards with no […]

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Boat Operator

A boat operator refers to the individual who operates/maneuvers the boat. A boat operator can be the owner of the vessel or a hired professional such as a skipper or captain […]

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Boat

A boat by definition is a vessel which can be driven by sail, engine (not a steam engine) or by hand (rowing). For a vessel to have ‘boat’ characteristics is must also be less than 65 feet in length and it should be possible to lift the boat […]

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Vessel Information System

Vessel information system is a computer database which stores information on vessel ownership and lien information for all vessels throughout the US. The vessel information system is also known as VIS and is administered by the US Coast Guard […]

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Title Report

A title report refers to a comprehensive document which specifically identifies a vessels owner, specifications and recorded liens or encumbrances […]

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Tender

A tender is defined as a small secondary vessel which is primarily used to assist fishing nets and other related floating gear. A tender boat is typically used to assist larger commercial vessels. Tender vessels are often thought to be the same type of vessel as a dinghy […]

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Survey

A survey is comprises of an inspection of the condition of a vessel in order to determine the vessels value. A survey will be performed by a professional marine surveyor and can be undertaken while the vessel is stationed in the water or during a haul out […]

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Ships Mortgage Act

The Ships Mortgage Act was first enacted in 1920. The 1920 legislation was introduced to permit marine lenders to obtain a preferred security interest in Coast Guard documented vessels. The Ships Mortgage Act 1920 is applicable to commercial vessels and pleasure boats […]

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