mainly i feel it's just incompetence....
That's the likelihood.
if i can't get valid paper work from boat angel.... he still has the original title for the state in which the boat is located, and has no problem giving it to me.
There's the problem. The donor still has the title to the boat, and Boat Angel has sold a boat to you that they don't even own yet.
In most states, the only way to transfer ownership of any boat over about 16'
(other than by order of a court) is for the seller/transferor to sign the certificate of title over to the buyer/transferee. If the donor wants a charitable tax deduction, he needs to transfer the certificate of title to Boat Angel
. That's the donor's proof that he made a charitable donation. That makes Boat Angel the owner of the boat. Then, when you buy the boat, Boat Angel needs to sign over the title to you
If the donor doesn't transfer title to Boat Angel, then he doesn't get a tax deduction, and Boat Angel won't own the boat, and consequently Boat Angel won't be able to transfer ownership to you. If you don't get the certificate of title signed over into your name, you don't own the boat, and if you don't own the boat, you won't be able to register it and operate it on the water.
I suspect the person you have been talking with is a volunteer who doesn't understand the process.
I don't know what "paperwork" the Boat Angel rep is sending you, but the paperwork that you need
is a signed, valid certificate of title (assuming the boat is over 16').