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Commercial & Recreational • Power & Sail
Vessel Documentation Services

PO Box 4832

Santa Barbara, CA 93140

805-886-1660

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About Vessel Documentation Services

We provide all services related to USCG Vessel Documentation for Recreational & Commercial vessels.
As an independent maritime title agency, we provide all services related to USCG Vessel Documentation for buyers, brokers, lenders and builders of vessels meeting the qualifying volume measurement of 5 net tons or more....usually any length over 25 feet.
A sometimes complex process, we take the worry out of filing your important documents. We have the experience to make this a stress free transaction for you by filing your documents efficiently, effectively and responsibly... and at not much cost to you! Even simple transactions can become complicated and challenging without the knowledge and expertise of a documentation specialist. It's important to have someone with a thorough knowledge and background in Federal vessel documentation to insure the correct steps are taken when processing your important documents.


Our Services Include...

• Request for Abstract of Title
• Initial Documentation from First Build or State Title
• Initial Documentation with/without Preferred Ship's Mortgage
• Exchange of Documentation with/without Preferred Ship's Mortgage
• Change of Vessel Name, Hailing Port or Trade with/without
• Preferred Ship's Mortgage
• Deletion from Documentation
• Preparation and Filing of Claim of Lien
• Review and File Lender Prepared Preferred Ship's Mortgage
• USCG Certificate of Ownership
• Preparation and Filing of USCG Bill of Sale
• Waivers or Commercial Filings
• Delaware Registrations
• International Services
• Consultations

Procedure & Protocol

VESSEL DOCUMENTATION SERVICES maintains an account with the National Vessel Documentation Center. Importantly, it provides us with rapid responses to requested information such as Abstracts of Title, a critical document to be reviewed when purchasing a boat. The Abstract of Title is a record of ownership from the time a vessel is first documented with the National Vessel Documentation Center and includes any Notice of Claim of Lien that may be recorded.

In addition to providing our services to a local following of boating clients, we also offer these services to US citizens nationally and internationally. A recent, rather complex transaction involved the purchase of a vessel in Europe by return clients. This required a transfer of ownership allowing them to take possession of the vessel removing it from foreign registration and into USCG documentation. We were able to provide them with all proper documentation required allowing them to sail home and legally enter the United States with their new boat.

Reviews

William R.

Highly Recommend Maribeth Rogers of VESSEL DOCUMENTATION SERVICES
Reviewed by William R. in Malibu, Ca on 08/31/2018

I was working with another party for 2 years on a power boat attempting to acquire proper documentation and failed. I just hired Maribeth and I estimate to be receiving proper documentation in 90 days. She's super in her field and I highly recommend her services. Captain William Raffin - NO RESERVATIONS

Newport N.

Vessel Documentation Done Right!
Reviewed by Newport N. in Newport Beach, CA on 03/22/2012

This following review was posted about Vessel Documentation Services, Santa Barbara CA: "My experience with the services at Vessel Documentation Services was exceptional. Maribeth was caring, professional, and the service was way beyond our expectations. We had a title issue with our 45' boat, the ODYSSEY, that needed to be resolved ASAP. We were leaving on a 30 day trip into Mexican waters in two weeks and our documentation was not adequate. Maribeth was in total command of the situation and saved our trip. We can only highly recommend Vessel Documentation Services and Maribeth for your documentation needs." Louis G.
Response: Thank you! I am so glad I was able to save your trip! Maribeth Rogers, Vessel Documentation Services

Corina S.

Request for Abstract of Title
Reviewed by Corina S. in ORANGE, CA on 02/23/2012

"Maribeth is a rock star in the marine world. She came highly recommended, did superb work and is a joy to be around. If you need anything done, Maribeth will make it happen. Cannot recommend her more highly."
Response: Thank you for your great recommendation, OFFSHORE ODYSSEYS!

Corina S.

Vessel Documentation Services
Reviewed by Corina S. in ORANGE, CA on 02/23/2012

I want to express my thanks for the very professional and efficient manner in which you helped us document and transfer title for the FLYING FISH last year. It was a complex transfer, with the ship originally registered in Florida and with a transfer to a corporate owner here in California. Your attentiveness and responsiveness resulted in a smooth transfer, enabling us to service our customer and close the deal with a minimum of hassles. When the need arises, I will certainly be happy to utilize your services again.
Response: Thank you, it was a pleasure to work with Montecito Bank and Trust --- we look forward to future communication from you!


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