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title vs. registration
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posted 09-07-2001 01:24 PM ET (US)
just purchased a 67-71 sakonnet. dealer did not have a title to the boat. he did say that the boat had a title. i bought the boat in kentucky and will register it in ohio. what problems will i run into?
posted 09-07-2001 01:42 PM ET (US)
Not sure how Ohio handles it. North Carolina used to not require a title but it was an option if you wanted to. To transfer all you had to do was sign the registration. Ohio may require a lost title bond. These are freely written if the history of the boat can be traced. I would take the notarized bill of sale and some kind of statement from the dealer explaining why there is no title.
If the dealer never took posession (title wise)you may have to back to the previous owner. Good luck.
posted 09-07-2001 02:30 PM ET (US)
I believe a notarized bill of sale will work. You will need the same for the engine as the State of Ohio wants you to title that as well. For the trailer you may need a weigh slip if you don't have the old registration or a title with weight info. You can pick up a weigh slip at the registration office. Then you will need to get just the trailer (no boat) weighed on a certified scale. Some moving companies have them and provide this service for a small fee
posted 09-07-2001 02:45 PM ET (US)
Crosely, you will need a notarized bill of sale with model # serial# from a KY. notary. I had a big problem 3 years ago on a 1969 13' sport I bought in KY. They took the bill of sale and made me bring the boat motor and trailer to the deputy registrar and traced the serial #'s on all three before they would give me a title for the motor a register for the boat (no title neede under 14') and a lisence plate for the trailer. Good Luck, Jay
posted 09-07-2001 02:47 PM ET (US)
Sorry Crosely, I bought my boat from a private party. All you need is a bill of sale from the KY. dealer. Regards, Jay
posted 09-07-2001 03:10 PM ET (US)
Could you explain a bit more about what this means?
"dealer did not have a title to the boat. he did say that the boat had a title."
posted 09-07-2001 03:38 PM ET (US)
i meant to say the boat did have a registration but did not have a title. he said it is not uncommon for a boat of this age not to have a title???? the serial numbers however are very prominent on the stern of the boat.
posted 09-07-2001 03:41 PM ET (US)
on the transom that is....got to get the correct terminology down...
posted 09-07-2001 04:47 PM ET (US)
OK, thanks. The registration should be enough to get it licensed. Don't know about your area but you can get a title if the seller (dealer or individual) helps you file a "lost title" document.
Don't think you will have any problems.
posted 09-09-2001 07:48 PM ET (US)
When researching this same issue in Michigan I found out certian size boats do not require a title - only a registation. Not sure the Ohio laws. I did not have to Title my 13ft in MI.
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