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Any vehicle used in or on water as well as underwater, including boats, ships, hovercraft and submarines, is a watercraft, also known as a water vessel or waterborne vessel.[2] A watercraft usually has a propulsive capability (whether by sail, oar, paddle, or engine) and hence is distinct from a stationary device, such as a pontoon, that merely floats.



The term "watercraft" (unlike such terms as aircraft or spacecraft) is rarely used to describe any individual object: rather the term serves to unify the category that ranges from jet skis to aircraft carriers. Such a vessel may be used in saltwater and freshwater; for pleasure, recreation, physical exercise, commerce, transport or military missions.

Usually the purposes behind watercraft designs and skills are for seafaring education or leisure activities, fishing and resource extraction, transportation of cargo or passengers, and for conducting combat or salvage operations. In general, the purpose of a water vehicle identifies its utility with a maritime industry sub-sector.

The design from which a water vehicle is created usually seeks to achieve a balance between internal capacity (tonnage), speed and seaworthiness. Tonnage is predominantly a consideration in transport operations, speed is important for warships, and safety is a primary consideration for less experienced or often smaller and less stable training and leisure vehicles. This is due to the great level of regulatory compliance required by the larger watercraft, which ensures very infrequent instances of foundering at sea through application of extensive computer modeling and ship model basin testing before shipyard construction begins.

Historically, water vehicles have been propelled by people with poles, paddles, or oars, through manipulation of sails that propel by wind pressure and/or lift, and a variety of engineered machinery that create subsurface thrust through the process of internal combustion or electricity. The technological history of watercraft in European history can be divided by reference to marine propulsion as simple paddle craft, oared galleys from the 8th century BCE until the 15th century, lateen sail during the Age of Discovery from the early 15th century and into the early 17th century, full-rigged ships of the Age of Sail from the 16th to the mid 19th century,[3] the Age of Steam reciprocating marine steam engine roughly between 1770 and 1914, the steam turbine, later gas turbine, and internal combustion engines using diesel fuel, petrol and LNG as fuels from the turn of the 20th century, which have been supplemented to a degree by nuclear marine propulsion since the 1950s in some naval watercraft. Current technological development seeks to identify cheaper, renewable and less polluting sources of propulsion for watercraft of all shapes and sizes.

Secondary applications of technology in watercraft have been those of used structural materials, navigation aids; and in the case of warships, weapon systems. The purpose of usage and the physical environment define the materials used in construction which had historically included grasses, leather, timbers, metals combined with timber or without, silicate and plastic derivatives, and others.

Watercraft registration is the registration of a watercraft with a government authority. In the United States, it consists of an alphanumeric string called a vessel registration number that is issued by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.[4]

Recreational vehicles and watercraft must be registered in Michigan, unless exempted. Some must also be titled. Recreational vehicle or watercraft may be titled and registered at a Secretary of State office.

Watercraft that aren't normally titled may be titled in order to add a lienholder to the record. You will need to visit a Secretary of State office and bring your ID and proof of ownership, such as the watercraft registration, to apply for the title.

On Nov. 19, 2020, USAV LTG William B. Bunker (LSV-4) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii after completing 94 days of continuous operations at sea and culminating 20,000 nautical miles of operations. During its underway operations, it supported multiple Army and joint training exercises, conducted a proof of principle and experimentation tasks, and performed theater opening, theater distribution, and theater sustainment tasks. On July 18, the USAV Harold C. Clinger (LSV-2) sailed from JBPHH to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, completing a 7,500 nautical mile sail and the longest point-to-point sail of an Army watercraft since World War II. Coordinating the movement through the U.S. Navy maritime operations center (MOC), the vessel traversed multiple fleet locations and the Panama Canal. The MOC synchronized the transition of overwatch between multiple maritime agencies.

The employment of Army watercraft began as early as World War II (WWII) and grew to a fleet size of approximately 127,000 watercraft of various types owned and/or operated by the Army. Before WWII, the majority of Army watercraft were troopships under the jurisdiction of the quartermaster general to transport personnel and cargo to ports all over the world.

AWS continues to play a pivotal role in the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility as a strategic force enabler for theater opening, theater distribution, theater sustainment, and operational maneuver. AWS are capable of delivering logistical support to thousands of established ports and unimproved beaches. With a pacific fleet size of six operational watercraft and 35 remaining in Army pre-positioned stock (APS), the strategic footprint appears small at a glance. However, the impact of these six operational vessels on sustainment and maneuver support has been demonstrated through the support of multiple Pacific Pathways exercises throughout the first and second island chains of the Pacific.

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In most cases, registration fees are based on the length of the watercraft. Ahead of renewing your watercraft decal, you will be mailed a renewal notice which will include the renewal fees you owe for your watercraft.

All watercraft 20 feet and over in length and those with a permanently affixed engine, regardless of length, must be titled. Watercraft not required to be titled may be titled upon the request of the owner.

If the watercraft is titled, a properly assigned title must be used to transfer ownership at a Secretary of State office. If the watercraft is not titled, you will need to complete the back of your watercraft registration and visit a Secretary of State office with the buyer to transfer ownership. If you have lost the registration, complete bill of sale with the year, make, hull identification number, MC registration number (if available) and the names and addresses of the buyer and seller may be used to transfer ownership.

Allow enough time for ordering, processing, and mail delivery when renewing a watercraft registration online, by mail, or at a self-service station. A Secretary of State office can process your renewal immediately.

Individuals who purchase a watercraft are not required to register for watercraft sales and use tax with Virginia Tax. See "How to file and pay," below, for information about filing your watercraft sales and use tax return.

File the Form WCT-3A, Individual Watercraft Tax Worksheet before titling your watercraft with DWR. You are required to be title your watercraft before you can operate it in Virginia. Pay the tax to either Virginia Tax or DWR. If you purchase the watercraft from a dealer authorized by agreement to collect the tax, it may be paid to the dealer.

File Form WCT-2, Dealer's Monthly Return of Watercraft Sales and Use Tax monthly. Returns and payments are due on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the transactions occurred. The return will show gross receipts from compensatory use of watercraft. The return may also include gross receipts from sales if authorized by agreement with Virginia Tax to collect watercraft tax on behalf of your customers.

In the state of South Carolina, the law requires all motorized boats and watercraft, except exempted vessels, sailboats, and all outboard motors five horsepower and greater to be titled. By law we must have your completed application and other required documents, which vary by purchase or selling situation, to title and register your boat and/or motor. When purchasing a watercraft or outboard motor, make sure it is titled/registered to the person you are buying it from.

The casual excise tax rate has not changed for a watercraft or watercraft/outboard motor purchased as a unit. The casual excise tax rate for a watercraft or watercraft and outboard motor purchased as a unit is 5% with a $500.00 cap.

Registered boat and personal watercraft owners will receive a registration renewal notice about 1 month before their current registration expires. To renew by mail, return the renewal notice using the self-addressed envelope along with a check payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the amount specified on the notice.

Registered boat and personal watercraft owners will receive a registration renewal notice about 1 month before their current registration expires. To renew in person, bring the following to any of our 5 registration offices:

Often considered the motorcycles of the water, personal watercraft are fast and fun to drive. While considered motorized vessels in New York, there are some special regulations surrounding personal watercraft use.

You may encounter some new and unusual types of specialty watercraft, such as motorized surfboards and paddleboards, personal submarines, Jetpaks™, Jetlevs™, Flyboards™, and Jetovators. These are powered by waterjet propulsion, so are subject to the same regulations as personal watercraft. 041b061a72


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