There seems to be a bit of a scam going around with several companies offering to “help” you renew your USCG Vessel Documentation, the catch? The help will cost you several times the normal cost $ 26.00 the US Coast Guard charges. Some people in a sailing group I belong to have fallen for this scam.
The Vessel Documentation scam works in at least two ways,
1) You go to the internet and search for something like “USCG Vessel Documentation” and click on one of the links that looks like a Vessel Documentation link, the bogus links look real official as do the web pages. From there you are prompted to click on some links and enter your vessel information and pay some money. The catch? One of the sites I looked at wanted $ 76.00 for a single year, a nice $ 50.00 service fee. The Coast Guard site is so so for search engines so the official US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation site was down toward the bottom of the first page for me, so you need to look and be careful or use the link posted below.