That’s good to know. It’s amazing that these companies get away with that kind of crap. I’ll keep an eye out for it in the mail.
I actually did the paperwork and submitted for the documentation for my boat directly with the USCG myself after going on their website. The boat was new to me this past year and previously documented. The person MarineMax uses wanted a crazy amount of money. Around $800.00 comes to mind. I think it took me about ten minutes to fill out the paperwork, make copies, write the check to the USCG for less than $100.00, address the envelope and put a stamp on it.
They get away with it because if you read the fine print they tell you who they are and they're not the Coast Guard. I'm not sticking up for this sleezy practice, but if we get burned by them, it's our own fault for not paying attention. The Coast Guard can't do anything about them because they aren't breaking any laws. The Coast Guard sent out a notice last year to warn us about these practices.
Just bringing this thread back to the top as a reminder.
The REAL CG Documentation office only charges $26 to renew. Anyone who wants $75 is a private firm that offers nothing for your additional $49...except to lighten your wallet.