Re: What Is A Boat Really Worth?
How you do a title search would depend on whether it is a documented vessel, or by state laws if it was only state registered. In any case you might start by calling the folks who issue the title to see if they have any suggestions.
But you might also want the sale contract (especially if you are drawing up a private one) to expressly state that the seller is conveying free and clear title, with no known encumbrances or liens, and that they not you will be responsible if any such liens are filed or discovered based on the time when they owned the boat. That shouldn't be a problem to anyone who knows he hasn't incurred the wrath of tradesmen or bankers.