NO STATE CAN REQUIRE YOU TO TITLE A USCG DOCUMENTED BOAT.
This is federal law. The state can require you to register the boat, but that is not the same thing as titling the boat.
Your boat is an exception because you bought it and state registered/titled the boat and then chose to re-document the boat after the sale was completed. You could have just as easily bought the boat and had the USCG documentation transferred to you and never titled the boat at all. I would point out that when you USCG documented your boat, your state title should probably have become invalidated and turned in or destroyed.
Originally Posted by catamount
Dog, my boat is both titled in the state of Maryland and documented by the USCG. I think your point is, and I agree, that the USCG documentation supercedes the state title. But that doesn't change the fact that the state of California may wish to record a title on Yountman's boat at the time of sale. Note that as soon as the seller signs the bill of sale, the boat is no longer federally documented -- the seller's documentation is invalidated by the bill of sale -- until the buyer re-documents the boat in his own name.
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