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You will have to transfer registration if it is in fact registered - or licensed, for that matter.. what size boat? In many cases with smaller boats(<30 feet) often owners won't bother to apply the license number.. so check that out first.
If truly registered, among the boat's documents should be a 'blue book' which is the registration paperwork. It used to be inexpensive to transfer (less than $20), but I'm not sure of the current situation... doubtless the fees have gone up. Also a registered boat needs it's registration number and tonnage permanently affixed somewhere below - not necessarily visibly so - could be under a bunk or settee, but just as often it will be on a bulkhead or on a decorative plaque. To my mind the biggest advantage of registration is not needing to apply a "K" (now "BC") number on the hull.
That license (ie the BC #) is free - but when you get it that's when the taxman finds you. It is required for unregistered vessels over 30 feet LOA with over 10 hp.
Hopefully Jackdale will weigh in here - he probably has the current details and differences at hand..
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