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A US Recreational Vessel decal is located on the mast of a Tartan T34C in Florida and I am trying to locate the owner of the boat. Has anyone seen a sticker like this, what organization issues them and how can I cross reference the the serial number on the sticker?

The boat does not have a HIN, it was ground off. There are no FL numbers and no USCG numbers anywhere on the boat

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Can you post a picture of the decal?
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Have you tried back tracing? I think the decal comes with a number and that may be the key to finding out the details.

Also, I'd be leery of a boat with the HIN ground off, no FL number, or USCG number. If the engine's original you may be able to get some info from the Tartan owners groups.

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You can trace US documented vessels simply by knowing the Name of the Vessel and the Hailing Port ..... go to: Office of Science and Technology ---> 'vessel search by name"

Was the recreational 'sticker' a 2"X2" square with a Letter "C" if so it was the infamous Ted Kennedy "Boat Luxury Tax" from the 1990s. If so you wont be able to trace the owner from this 'sticker' as it was only a means to 'soak' revenue from the 'idle rich'.
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I am trying to help Coy identify the owner of the Tartan 34c. I was on the boat this morning and can find no documentation number inside the hull. The sticker I found was indeed the "C" sticker. Thanks very much for allowing me to cease the search of that number, I was about to wear out my "Google" button. HIN has been gound off and the other active and non-active boats named Sherpa are not this boat. Guess we'll try some other legal means of getting a title from FL.
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Why are you guys looking? Is this a salvage thing?
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one set of my numbers was well hidden for good reason and i found them when removing a bunch of stuff for a repiar

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Boat was abandoned and later towed to a marina. The marina owner wants to sell the boat but in Fl, you need the previous owners name even if he cannot be contacted.
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Boat was abandoned and later towed to a marina. The marina owner wants to sell the boat but in Fl, you need the previous owners name even if he cannot be contacted.
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That's different than what I've heard of in the past. I thought you only had to run a notification in the paper for 90 days and if the owner did not appear you could have the title transferred to your name. Take a look at these:

705.103 Procedure for abandoned or lost property.

705.104 Title to lost or abandoned property.

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I am trying to help Coy identify the owner of the Tartan 34c. I was on the boat this morning and can find no documentation number inside the hull. The sticker I found was indeed the "C" sticker. Thanks very much for allowing me to cease the search of that number, I was about to wear out my "Google" button. HIN has been gound off and the other active and non-active boats named Sherpa are not this boat. Guess we'll try some other legal means of getting a title from FL.
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Contact Tartan directly .... as many manufacturers also place a HIDDEN HIN number and the hiding place varies by year and model, usually behind or under some space that has to be 'broken into'.
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