Originally Posted by imasaluki
...To the other chap talking about a lien being filed on the boat... couldn't this be cleared up with the county with your bill of sale or title showing your date of purchase?...
Possibly. Hire a lawyer and you can clear up almost any problem. It's just that as a practical matter it may be less expense to split the tax bill now to avoid the possibility of a lien placed on his boat later. OP can take his chances, but it may be a pay me now or pay me later situation.
If OP used a contract that has language to cover this, then there's an argument to follow the contract. But if a broker was involved this probably would not have happened at all, so I have a feeling that the YBAA agreement is irrelevant. Perhaps OP can tell us what language was in his purchase agreement.
But for all you guys advising to play hardball, remember that the seller might just be "holding the stronger hand" in this case. Of OP gets the seller mad, and the seller decides to play hardball by simply not paying the bill, it's the OP who may end up with a lien on his boat. This is not a legal opinion, just my hypothesis of a worst case scenario.