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re: Dinghy Registration Dilemma - MD
Originally Posted by Familycruisers
Sell it to your wife with a notorized bill of sale or have her sell it to you. So long as its hull number doesnt come up stolen , your golden.
I saw that when it was posted the first time. IIRC, Dave suggested this idea, but he had not actually done it. It's a cute trick that might have worked on one state somewhere or might have "slipped through the cracks" with a lenient DMV/DNR person. However, when you read through all of Maryland's requirements, it's not sufficient. If your wife sells the vessel to you, it is now a "used boat," which means it needs to have the original title to be registered in Maryland under your name. So to meet this requirement, you need to have your wife title it before selling it, which takes you back to the original problem.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
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