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Re: Building a boat from scratch
You need to have a Certificate of Origin, to get this you must supply receipts for the materials you used. You can make a list of materials if you used on hand materials but receipts are easier. They don't want people trying to register a boat that has had the registration lost. All the forms are listed on the PA boat commission site but so far I have not seen the Certificate of origin form. I'm just going to go down to Harrisburg and take all my stuff along, measurements, receipts, photos. and do it all at once. I'll be able to answer the question about the Certificate once I go through it.
After you have this the boat commission will assign a serial number to the boat. You can then fill out all the forms for the capacity plate. HP ratings and capacity plates have changed recently, all of this is suggested but I'm sure they have a formula and won't allow you to go overboard with it. I would just look at a boat spec online that is similar to your boat as far as size and use those numbers. Again as I go through this I will post how I did it and what forms I use since this is a PA based board.