A USCG documented boat can not have a state title issued to it legally.
The USCG DOCUMENTATION is effectively the title if the boat is federally documented. The point of titling a boat is to show ownership, which is what the point of USCG documentation is. IF a state were to title a federally documented boat, the boat could then be fraudulently re-sold using the title, without the protections that the USCG documentation give you.
Originally Posted by catamount
Is there financing involved in the deal or are you paying cash? If there is financing involved, your lender might have something to say about how the boat gets documented. Otherwise, just ask the broker to provide you with a proper notarized USCG bill of sale and tell them that you will re-document the boat yourself. (Don't know much about California, but according to BoatUS the state also issues titles, so that might be an additional complication.)
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