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Marine Documentation Specialists

At All Florida Yacht Sales, we are experts in handling U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) documentation services nationwide. In Florida, we specialize in: Lien search, title & trailer registrations, and transfer of ownership with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

From pleasure craft to commercial boats, we will handle all your marine documentation needs to ensure you can enjoy your vessel today.

Florida’s Premier Boat Documentation Service Provider

About All Florida Yacht Sales Documentation Services


We are AFYS documentation services, we are a Miami and Tampa-based company that specializes in the complex processing of United States Coast Guard documentation as well as Florida title and registration services. Whether you are documenting your first vessel or state titling it, we are the company to help you achieve your goal.

We handle complex trade-ins as well as private sales. Since 2016 our company has served the greater Miami-Dade County area with over 600 completed transactions. Additionally, we carry $1,000,000.00 errors and omissions insurance to protect you.

Let us take the stress of the paperwork process off your plate so you can enjoy your boat out on the water!

As a premier boat documentation service provider, our highly qualified staff will assist you with expert guidance throughout the transfer process.

Our USCG Documentation Services Include:

  • Transfer of Ownership between buyer and seller to ensure proper execution of all documents through U.S. Coast Guard located in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Abstract/Lien Search to include all recorded outstanding mortgages.
  • Record Lien of mortgage.
  • Request of Hull Identification Number (HIN) through USCG.
  • Deletion of USCG documentation.
  • Florida registration of U.S. Coast Guard Vessels.
  • Registration of vessels with foreign jurisdictions.
  • Notary services available on site.

In-State Florida Documentation Services Include:

  • Florida title transfer services between buyer and seller through the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. 
  • Florida title Lien search. 
  • Recording Liens. 
  • Duplicate of title.
  • Registration renewals for boats and trailers.
  • Printing of electronic titles.
  • Registration of boats and trailers.
  • Foreign Registration of vessels in the state of Florida.
  • Notary services available on-site.

These are our Specialty Services:

  • Private sale contract between buyer and seller for deals without brokerage companies or brokers involved. 
  • Closing services for all marine vessels.
  • Escrow services.
  • Financing quotes. 
  • Executive closing services.
  • Notary Services Available.
AFYS Yacht

AFYS Tips before you buy:

  • Must have a copy of the seller’s drivers license.
  • Signed and notarized bill-of-sale and power of attorney from seller. 
  • Florida dmv lien search or u.s. coast guard abstract of title.
  • If titled under a company or corporation, copy of sunbiz report to prove its current status as well as articles of incorporation. 
  • Original vessel title and registration for all units (ex. Trailer, Dinghy, Jet Ski).
Boat for sale in Florida

Private Sale Transfer of Ownership

We provide transfer of ownership services for both Florida-titled boats as well as U.S Coast Guard-documented boats.

Sell your boat in Florida

U.S Coast Guard Abstract of Title

An abstract of title is a title history that lists all former owners and mortgages back to the day it was bought new.

Consign your boat in Florida

Florida Title and Registration

We process titles and registrations in as little as 1 business day when we have all proper documentation in hand.

Coast Guard Abstract of Title Lien

Florida Lien Search

We carry out an in-depth search on a vessel, boat, or watercraft’s history to determine and confirm its legal ownership.

Transfer of Ownership


At All Florida Yacht Sales, we can handle all your boat trade-in transfer of ownership paperwork.

Handling Transactions of Any Size

Comprehensive Vessel Transaction Solutions

Our goal at All Florida Yacht Sales is to exceed our client’s expectations for every boat transaction we handle, no matter the size.

We carry $1,000,000.00 errors and omissions insurance to protect you.

Our marine documentation services include:

  • USCG documentation
  • Closing packages for brokers
  • Bills of sale, closing statements
  • Registration
  • Deletion from documentation
  • Liens
  • State titles *some states


Frequently Asked Questions

Boat Documentation FAQs


Vessel documentation is a national form of registration. It is one of the oldest government functions, dating back to the 11th Act of the First Congress. Documentation provides conclusive evidence of nationality for international purposes of the vessel. Moreover, it provides for unhindered commerce between the states and admits vessels to certain restricted trades, such as coastwise trade and fisheries. Since 1920, vessel financing has been enhanced through the availability of preferred mortgages on documented vessels.


A documented vessel is a ship with a valid marine document issued by the United States Coast Guard. The federal government uses this document to register ships of five net tons or more for use in times of war. Documenting your ship gives you: 

  • Firm evidence of nationality for international travel.
  • The right to engage in open trade between the states. 
  • Access to a preferred mortgage for financing the vessel.


Vessels of five net tons or more used in fishing activities on navigable waters of the U.S. or in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) or used in coastwise trade must be documented unless the vessel is exempt from documentation. Coastwise trade is generally defined as the transportation of merchandise or passengers between points in the U.S. or the EEZ.


For documenting your vessel, it must measure at least five net tons and, except for certain oil spill response vessels, must be wholly owned by a citizen of the U.S.


Documentation can also make it easier to travel up and down the coast of the US. Most states allow boats registered in other states to “visit” their waters for some time without obtaining registration. However, if you plan to take your boat to another state for more than a couple of months, the state you’re visiting may want you to register there; unless you stay long enough to be considered a resident, documented vessels may avoid this fineable situation. Be sure to check the state where you plan on keeping the vessel.

NOTE: Each state has its own laws about how long a customer may “use” their waters, and you will need to check with the STATE you are mooring the vessel to make sure if you need to register your vessel in that state.

Once documented, your boat or yacht stays documented for its life. This means that if you sell it, the new owner needs to update the documentation information (along with a fee, of course), and the vessel’s documentation ID number, which needs to be affixed to the interior, stays the same. The coast guard requires an annual documentation update form, which is automatically sent out to you 45 days before the annual expiration.

NOTE: The documentation number will stay with that number for life, but customers can DELETE from the USCG and “STATE TITLE” if they wish to. So while the number stays for the vessel’s life, new owners don’t need to document the vessel.

Service Areas

Our Offices

We currently have two locations serving the following areas:

  • Miami, West Palm Beach, Key West, and Fort Myers.
  • Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and New Smyrna Beach.
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(305) 562-1258

(941) 928-7442



18211 SW 95th Court. Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

1504 7th Street SW. Ruskin, FL 33570

(305) 563-7402