Must I register a homemade wood skiff?

TomTone

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I am about to complete an 11 foot car-toppable skiff that I plan to use in the rivers to go crabbing. Must I register this boat? If I must register this boat, where do I do it? I am in Sosua.
 

Northern Coast Diver

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A visit to the Comandancia del Armada in Puerto Plata should put you on the path to success. Ask for Ayala, he has been assistant to the Comandante for years. He should be able to tell you what is needed.
 

Drperson

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If you do have a small boat and want to launch it and go for a day cruise do you need permission?
 

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I have a small trailer I built from scrap metal I had. Since it turned out OK, I decided to get plates for it.

I asked my lawyer, and she told me to forget about it because of the work involved. LOL
 

Northern Coast Diver

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If you do have a small boat and want to launch it and go for a day cruise do you need permission?
If you are going in the ocean, you need a dispatch from Armada. I don't have inland experience here, so don't know if a dispatch is needed. If you are trailering a boat on the highway, you also need permission. Small boats move drugs and illegal immigrants, hence the extra controls.
 
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Drperson

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So i guess all the jet skis need a dispatch and plates. Thanks
i always wondered if i could just trailer the bost and launch it.
 

Northern Coast Diver

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So i guess all the jet skis need a dispatch and plates. Thanks
i always wondered if i could just trailer the bost and launch it.
All watercraft and boats need to be registered(Matricula). The numbers on the front/side of each jetski are those reg. numbers. Some vessels that work daily, have a limited area of operations and don't need daily dispatch.
 

TomTone

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I built a small skiff. It's a Jeff Spira design. It will have a 3.5 hp gas motor on it. I have heard the " grease a few palms and you'll be fine" philosophy but I don't want a boat I put my blood and sweat into possibly getting swiped from me because of a lack of registration, then winding up in some cop's toy collection. I want everything "on the up and up". I worked hard on this thing and I just wanna do some crabbing in the river, not the ocean. It's a little skiff.. Perhaps I will just ask an abrogado I know about the process.
 

Northern Coast Diver

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I built a small skiff. It's a Jeff Spira design. It will have a 3.5 hp gas motor on it. I have heard the " grease a few palms and you'll be fine" philosophy but I don't want a boat I put my blood and sweat into possibly getting swiped from me because of a lack of registration, then winding up in some cop's toy collection. I want everything "on the up and up". I worked hard on this thing and I just wanna do some crabbing in the river, not the ocean. It's a little skiff.. Perhaps I will just ask an abrogado I know about the process.
What did you build? A Mission Bay skiff? Or something bigger?
 

TomTone

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the specs state 65 lbs but I glassed the entire bottom where the plans only call for taping the seams, so I think she'll be a bit heavier.
 
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the specs state 65 lbs but I glassed the entire bottom where the plans only call for taping the seams, so I think she'll be a bit heavier.
How hard is it to find resins, Mek and matt here? Regarding limited shelflife of resin is it produced here or imported?