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Old 09-20-2010
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I'd point out that you can't legally have a MD registration number if the boat is USCG documented. That would effectively be double-registering the same boat.

One advantage of going through a settlement company is that many will do the equivalent of a title search and provide you protection against unregistered/undocumented liens against the boat.
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