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crosley95 posted 09-07-2001 01:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for crosley95   Send Email to crosley95  

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?


Mullet posted 09-07-2001 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mullet  Send Email to Mullet     
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.
Barry posted 09-07-2001 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
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
JFM posted 09-07-2001 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
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
JFM posted 09-07-2001 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Sorry Crosely, I bought my boat from a private party. All you need is a bill of sale from the KY. dealer. Regards, Jay
Tsuriki BW posted 09-07-2001 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
crosley 95,

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."


crosley95 posted 09-07-2001 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
sorry Tsuriki,
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.
crosley95 posted 09-07-2001 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
on the transom that to get the correct terminology down...
Tsuriki BW posted 09-07-2001 04:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

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.

Good luck


Ben posted 09-09-2001 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ben  Send Email to Ben     
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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