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    Can someone clarify for me the rules for registering a raft? I have a 13' cataraft. I've heard several opinions that tend to conflict each other. Is it related to length, whether or not it has a motor, whether or not it's used for commercial use?

    Also, how do you register it? I'm thinking of just doing it and playing safe. Do you do it through DMV or the Coast Guard?

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    You register with the DMV, and only if it is powered. The law used to be anything over 10 foot needed a registration, but now it's anything with a motor. So if you ever put even an electric trolling motor on one, technically you have to register it. This is not universally enforced with small kicker motors on river rafts.

    The Coast Guard has other requirements for boats in salt water.

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    Jim's informaiton is correct however if you intend to use the boat for anything but personal use you must register as well. An example is renting it, or if you loan it to a friend and he puts a motor on it unfortunately your on the hook to esnure it is registered. You must also register it if you plan on using it for any commercial venture such as using it for guided fishing trips for paying clients.

    Any Who best of luck!

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    Thanks! That helps

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    AK Tubes:
    This might help more:
    AS 05.25.055. Registration and Numbering of Boats.


    (a) An undocumented boat placed on water of the state must be registered and numbered as required by this chapter. The Department of Administration shall adopt by regulation a boat registration and numbering system that is consistent with the national standard for state numbering systems established by the United States Coast Guard.

    (b) In adopting a boat registration system under (a) of this section, the Department of Administration shall authorize agents, including boat dealers, to register boats.

    (c) A boat dealer shall require a purchaser of a new or used boat sold at retail to complete a registration application and pay the registration fee before the boat leaves the dealer's premises unless the boat is exempt from registration and numbering under this chapter or regulations adopted under this chapter.

    (d) A person may not operate a boat on water of the state unless a valid certificate of number has been awarded by the Department of Administration to the boat and the identification number and any required validation decals are properly displayed on the boat.

    (e) The Department of Administration shall authorize agents to accept an application and registration fee for registration, to issue a registration, and to forward the application and registration fee to the Department of Administration.

    (f) Unless otherwise provided by this chapter, or unless the owner has been awarded a current, valid Alaska certificate of number from the United States Coast Guard, the owner of a boat for which a current certificate of number has been awarded under federal law or a federally approved numbering system of another state shall apply for a certificate of number in this state as required by this chapter if the boat is operated on water of the state for more than 90 consecutive days. If a boat has an existing number, the owner may request that the department issue the same number for purposes of this section, and the department shall comply with the request unless compliance would result in a duplication of numbers.

    (g) A certificate of number issued under this chapter is valid for three years unless terminated or discontinued earlier as required by this chapter and regulations adopted under this chapter. The certificate expires on the last day of the month at the end of the three-year period. The expiration date shall be indicated on the certificate.

    (h) All records of ownership of boats that are kept by the Department of Administration under this section are public records. The Department of Administration shall provide records of ownership and registration expense reports to the Department of Public Safety for the purposes of meeting the federal requirements for state programs and implementing this chapter.

    (i) The following boats are exempt from the numbering and registration provisions of this section:

    (1) a boat that is operated in this state for a period not exceeding 90 consecutive days and that has a current, valid certificate of number issued by another state having a federally approved numbering system;

    (2) a foreign boat operated in water of the state for a period not exceeding 90 consecutive days;

    (3) a boat owned by the United States or an entity or political subdivision of the United States, or a boat owned by a state or an entity or political subdivision of a state;

    (4) a boat that is not equipped with mechanical propulsion;

    (5) a boat with a valid document to operate the boat that is issued by the United States or a foreign government;

    (6) a handmade nonmotorized umiaq with a walrus or sealskin covering.You should call Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles to be certain, but I'm not aware of a registration requirement for commercial use vessels that may be addressed somewhere other than Title 5.....also, there is no difference between salt/fresh water regarding Coast Guard requirements other than jurisdictional or vessel size/use limitations. Perhaps Jim Strutz is referring to documented vessels? Normally these are vessels over 5 net tons which would be a humungous raft indeed! The real benefit to registration is if your raft shows up somewhere and you don't....the search and rescue folks will have a solid place to start when your name pops up! If you have more questions, please post or send me a PM. Enjoy your cataraft! Mike

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    I just spotted this on DMV's site:


    What Must Be Registered:
    • All powered boats (including non-powered boats with auxiliary power units) used on any water of the state. (This includes all rivers, streams, and lakes, regardless of size, and all salt water within 3 miles of land.)
    • Effective February 10th, 2005
      All sport fishing guides are required to register both powered and non-powered boats.

    Looks like you'll need to register if you're in the guiding business whether you are powered or not! Mike

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    Thanks for the info and research CSBS!!! I'll head down tomorrow!

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