For what it’s worth, I considered corporate ownership when I purchased my boat in 2018, but after weighing the pros and cons, I kept the individual ownership because of the potential issues in non-US waters.
If I had gone the LLC route, I would have created multiple originals of very official looking documents (stamps, notarizations, wax seals, and any other conceivable bling) clearly stating that I was the designated master of the vessel and that I had all authority to act on behalf of the LLC.
If I was only operating in US waters, I wouldn’t think twice about it and would own the vessel in an LLC.
John W. Clanton
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