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Asset Managing Group, Inc.

704 N. King Street Suite 50
P. O. Box 1031
Wilmington, DE 19899
County of New Castle

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800.219.9359 toll free
302.658.1733 ext.
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Protect Your Yacht with a Delaware Corporation or LLC in 24 Hours

Purchasing a new or used yacht? Why should I buy my yacht in a corporation or LLC?

Are you aware that all of your personal assets are in jeopardy if you own your yacht as an individual or as a partnership. To shield yourself from total financial disaster take advantage of the limited liability offered by a Delaware Corporation or a Delaware Limited Liability Company. Owning an yacht in this manner can offer you asset protection, privacy and tax savings.

Delaware is recognized as having a favorable tax climate. Delaware has no sales tax, personal property tax, intangible property tax or stock transfer tax. Additionally, no Delaware corporate income tax is assessed for income derived outside of the State of Delaware.

We have partnered with Global Corporate Services, Inc., registered agents in the state of Delaware for over 31 years to prepare and file your corporate charter. To get started with your new corporation or LLC and have it filed in only 24 hours just click here.

When initially purchasing the vessel a sales/use tax may be due in the state they are actually keeping or using the vessel. The advantage of purchasing the vessel as a corporation truly comes into being when they opt to sell the vessel.

Note: It is important to understand that sales tax shelters are situational. Many states have "user taxes" and the like. One should consult with a legal or tax advisor to determine if a tax on a yacht will be due in the State in question.

What are the advantages of selling the stock and assets of the corporation or LLC in lieu of the sale of the vessel.         

In most cases, the prospective owner will have to pay a sales tax again on the purchase of the vessel. With this in mind from the outset, not only will the prospective owner derive the advantages of ownership as a corporation, when the vessel is subsequently put up for sale, the owner has the flexibility of selling the vessel as an asset of the corporation or selling the entire corporation of which the vessel is an asset. The latter circumstance is accomplished by simply transferring the shares of stock in the corporation over to the new owners.

This arrangement can be very attractive to the prospective purchaser because title to the vessel has not changed hands since it is still registered to the corporation. Therefore, no sales tax may be assessable on the transfer, and, no re-registration costs are incurred.

In fact, an additional savings occurs because the vessel does not need to be re-documented with the US Coast Guard or State Registered.

To protect yourself and your family you might want to own your yacht as a corporation or an LLC.

What is US Coast Guard Documentation?
Documentation is the national form of registering vessels. It is handled by the US Coast Guard and establishes unquestionable ownership and acts as the vesselís passport in foreign waters. Documentation is required for the operation of vessels in certain trades and serves as evidence of nationality.

Documentation provides :

  • conclusive evidence of nationality for international purposes

  • provides for unhindered commerce between the states

  • admits vessels into certain restricted trades, such as coastwise trade and the fisheries

  • establishes an internationally recognized maritime title for the vessel 

  • acts as the vesselís passport in foreign waters.

Fishing vessels, cruise ships and boats for hire must be documented with the USCG. 

Once a vessel is documented there are no further fees to remain a documented vessel. However the documentation must be renewed on an annual basis.  A documented vessel is  exempt from displaying state numbers on their hull. However, all documented vessels must comply with the laws of the state in which they are operated. States may require documented vessels to be registered (but not numbered) and to display state validation showing that they have complied with the state requirements.

Most banks require that a vessel being financed be documented and provide them with a First Preferred Ships Mortgage recorded with the US Coast Guard. Vessel financing has been enhanced through the availability of preferred mortgages on documented vessels. 

Requirements for Documentation

  • A vessel must measure at least five net tons 

  • It  can be owned by either an individual who is a citizen of the United States or a corporation in which 75% of the directors are American Citizens 

  • Usually a vessel 25í in length can qualify for documentation 

  • The tonnage is determined by volume of the vessel, not by how much the manufacturer says the vessel weighs

Benefits of Documentation

  • Documentation allows for easy entry into foreign ports. 

  • The chain of ownership of the vessel is maintained in one registry, a registry of history, pride, tradition and prestige. 

  • Documentation facilitates the sale of a vessel, particularly when financing is involved

What is a first preferred ship mortgage?
A preferred ship mortgage is a mortgage that is given status as a maritime lien. many financial institutions require vessels that are eligible for documentation to be documented and to have preferred ship mortgages recorded against them. The owner of the vessel is prohibited from making certain changes in documentation such as change of vessel ownership, name and hailing port without the consent of the mortgagee.

Yacht Registration Worldwide for International Clients 

To register your yacht as in international client we have two options to offer

1. US Registration through a Delaware Company & Trust Structure to meet the 75% citizenship requirement with ownership of a corporation. This is our "Specialty".

2. Registration offshore in the Marshall Islands.

The Marshall Islands ship registry (the Registry) program provides yacht registration in a highly reputable jurisdiction that complies fully with the internationally adopted standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). International lending institutions, shipbuilders, and ports have recognized and maintained full confidence in the Marshall Islands vessel registration, documentation, and preferred ship mortgage recordation standards and procedures. It is this adherence to standards and stellar reputation that has made the Marshall Islands Registry the fourth largest open registry in the world.

We now offer yacht registration for pleasure and commercial yachts in the Marshall Islands. 

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Want to Incorporate a Corporation or LLC Offshore? If an "offshore" IBC is the answer to your business formation needs you should look at setting up a new entity in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Marshall Islands.        
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We now offer yacht registration for pleasure & commercial yachts in the Marshall Islands.

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Disclaimer: You are responsible for making sure that all documents submitted for the purpose of opening an are suitable for such purpose and otherwise legally sufficient. This includes, without limitation, ensuring that the documents are properly dated, executed, and certified where appropriate. ASSET MANAGING GROUP, INC. reserves the right to retain any moneys it receives if there is positive evidence of fraud or any other material civil or criminal infractions by the applicant. Intentional falsifying or withholding of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under the laws of the State of Delaware and United States. In select cases, ASSET MANAGING GROUP, INC. may be obligated to share  information with appropriate state and federal authorities. Once a Corporation or Trust have been filed with the state there are no refunds applicable.

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