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Old 28 April 2015, 21:34   #1
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Ribs for commercial use

can a rib not manufactured in the USA be used for commercial use (i.e. vessel assist) ?

From what I read on the USCG website a commercial documented vessel must be made in the USA however I see Sea Tow using Zodiacs
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Old 28 April 2015, 21:48   #2
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A lot of Zodiac's are made in the US.
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Old 28 April 2015, 21:54   #3
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I wasnt aware of that, I thought they were all made in Canada (at least all of the ones I have been around)
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Can a vessel that is under 5 net tons that is not made in the USA be used for commercial purposes?
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You need to ask the U.S. Authorities, in Europe coded boats can be used all over the place, I guess it's the old rule in the states only deal with guys from your own country, tried to buy some obsolete us forces equipment from the states and they wouldn't sell to anyone out side the U.S.


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Boats that are used for towing are exempt from the "made in the USA" rule. You can get a exception for boats both over and under 5 ton. Here are the links of what you will need to know. My experience is that most Government types don't even know their own rules .
USCG National Vessel Documentation Center, Fee Page

Small Vessel Waiver Program

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