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re: Dinghy Registration Dilemma - MD
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.
It is possible to launder a title for Maryland by just finding a friend with an address in a state where it is easier to get a title, "selling" the boat to him, letting him title it, and then signing the title over to you. You can then take that title to Maryland.
I lived in Maryland for six years. Nothing is easy there, but think akido, not karate, when dealing with Maryland officials.
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