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bluefin650

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Anyone know what the rules are or where to find the rules about Canadian built boats like Guimmond, Donnelle or Leblanc and being able to register/ document them in the US for commercial fishing.

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tunawishing

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i have a Samson built in Canada you can not document a Canadian boat unless a percentage of it is built in the state you can fish it in the states no problem . the boats you mentions is one of them what you are considering
 

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I would consider one of them. I guess my biggest question is would you be able to charter with one or commercially tuna fish? Samson makes a nice looking boat as well.
 

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Hi, I am not an expert on this subject, but have some knowledge because my charter boat was finished in Canada. The Jones Act is what governs this-google it up to get an idea. You can commercially fish a foreign built boat if you state register it and pay the state sales taxes - this is what i did. You can also file for an exclusion, the fee I believe is $ 500. and comes with alot of paperwork to fill out and waiting time = red tape. Years back when the value Canadian dollar was like half of the US dollar, it would have been worth doing. Now with the 2 dollars pretty close to even, there is no advantage there. In all honesty, if I had to do it again, i would find a good US built boat and not have to deal with the beaurocratic bs. Good Luck with your descision.
 
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