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You could have him sign a quick claim deed on the boat over to you.
This should solve your problems on that matter... but check this out with a real estate lawyer to be sure about it.

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When I purchased my boat just over a year ago I put my name and my wife's name on the title. She was not there to sign. The broker said, "I am going to the head and will be back in a couple minutes, see if she will sign it while I am gone (wink, wink: she was 2 hours away at home). When he returned her "signature" was on the new title application. Then the broker said, "Of course if you were SELLING the boat I would have to witness her sign!"

So, why not find a notary close to you previous partner and tell him what you are doing (hey in reality you are releasing him from any liability since he IS on the title) and ask if he would accompany you to a Notary and sign the title and then you can offer to take him out for a beer for old times, both on you.>>

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You could always sell it in a state that dont require a title...
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You could always sell it in a state that dont require a title...
I found out that the Sate of Pennsylvaina did away with boat titles in 1996, at least for trailor boats.

All I have to do to sell my sailboat is to sign off on the back of the registration card.
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NJ treats it like a car registration, and you need to pay the 7% sales tax on the selling price.

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NJ treats it like a car registration, and you need to pay the 7% sales tax on the selling price.
Same in Washington...ain't it great..
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Contact a representative of the licensing department in Pennsylvania and ask them the question directly. I would show them the documentation you have naming you as the registered owner as well as records of you having paid the state registration fees for the last 16 years. They will provide you with more definitive information.

If you must have the previous joint owners signature, and you donít trust him, then I would just level with him. In the worst case he/she is going to demand ďpaymentĒ for providing you with his/her signature and you will be out some money. Try to hide information from that person, whatever your reasons, and you open yourself up to potential liabilities.

Of course the flip side of this is with his/her name still associated with the vessel they could be held responsible for damages associated with this vessel. I am not an attorney, so this is just speculation on my part. I wish you the best outcome.
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This is the same guy who in one of his first posts wanted to sue the guy who boat broke louse and hit His as he was uninsured. Now he wants advice on how to sell a boat and hide a insurance check from the co-owner who he says is suit happy. I just don't like the way this one smells.

Link to his other post: Liability for damage during a storm?
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In his OP, he says he bought out his former partner's half of the boat, but if his former partner is money hungry and litigious happy, that could be trouble, regardless of whether the former partner is legally entitled to part of the settlement or not. If the previous partner's boat share was bought out, then he isn't entitled to any of the insurance settlement IMHO.

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where is his bill of sale from his partner if he had one then he would not be worried about this. I spent 22 years in the insurance industry (medical malpractice and auto racing) who to say those dock line were not "helped" I would have done a credit check on this guy before I wrote a check and I would want to to see the title on the boat also.
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