Vessel Registration - Common RBS Compliance Issues & Questions

Learn and discuss the common discrepancies identified by the Coast Guard during RBS compliance reviews, including Certificates of Number, fees associated with Certificates of Number, HIN verification processes, and state-assigned HIN issues.

Kristin Williams

Recreational Boating Safety Specialist

USCG Boating Safety Division

Retiring from the Coast Guard after 20 years, Kristin Williams spent the majority of her active duty investigating pollution incidents and marine casualties. As a pollution Investigator, she was responsible for managing large, federally funded multi-agency pollution responses. As Marine Casualty Investigator, she responded to, investigated and prosecuted mariners involved in marine incidents.  

Upon retirement from active duty, Kristin transitioned to civilian life and worked in the Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis as a MISLE data analyst. In 2017, she transferred to her current job in the Office of Boating Safety where she manages 26 states, multiple non-profit grants, and represents the office on various committees and organizations such as NASBLA VIRT Committee, CRLEA, WBSAA, and IAMI to foster continued improvement of boating safety policies.  

April Hughes

Watercraft Administrator

Arizona Game and Fish Department

April Hughes started her career in 1999 for the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) as a part-time Data Entry Clerk in the fishing and hunting license section. She was soon promoted to the full-time front counter Customer Service Representative at Headquarters. Since then, April has continued to work her way up within the agency and currently serves as the Watercraft Section Administrator.

 In addition to this, April has been a vital member of the NASBLA Vessel, Identification, Registration & Titling (VIRT) Committee since 2012 and is now the longest serving state member on the VIRT Committee. 


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