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So I decided to pull the trigger on the Hunter 30...The boat started up after sitting since april after only about 10 seconds...Runs great...I told the owner I'd like to go forward with it and he told me he doesn't have any of the "paperwork" yet.

He bought the boat in april, and the documentation paper work is still with the coast guard, and apparently is still 3 weeks out. Does the title generally get sent to the coast guard in order to document the boat...Seems a bit fishy that he wouldn't have that, right?

Obviously i can't register or document and insure the boat without a title or documentation...
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Call the Vessel Documentation Center directly and ask them how long their processing times are. Find out what the status of that boat is/was.
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When I worked my way through the process in 2010 it was >4 MONTHS...

Be prepared to wait a while.

The people with the USCG NDC are great on the phone, but they are upfront that they are short staffed, and lead times are loooooong.

Why is the guy selling the boat if he has only owned it for 3 months?
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NVDC is running behind these days; they're up through late May as of yesterday (see USCG National Vessel Documentation Center, PDF Page ). The USCG documentation IS for a federal title. You can walk things through by visiting Falling Waters WV but do call ahead. Regardless, make and keep copies of everything you submit.

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Re: Paperwork...

Interesting.

I just submitted a renewal form, but neglected to annotate my doc number -- they returned the form to me in less than a week, highlighting my error.

When we purchased out boat, getting the documentation transferred was a bit of a goat rope because the PO still had an outstanding bank note on the hull. His bank had little intetrest in expediting their notification to the NVDC that the note had been cleared -- we had to twiddle our thumbs until that had been done.
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... Does the title generally get sent to the coast guard in order to document the boat...Seems a bit fishy that he wouldn't have that, right?.....
in my experience documented boats dont have titles. You work off a bill of sale, which should be adequate for insurance, and you submit it to the USCG using their form (see USCG National Vessel Documentation Center, Forms Page). It would nto be a bad idea to hire a documentation specialist to handle the paperwork, but to also advise you regard the circumstances of the proceeding documentation. It may be a few hundred dollars worth spending.

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" It would nto be a bad idea to hire a documentation specialist to handle the paperwork,"
But comrade, American sailors already have been forced to hire a documentation specialist. And forced to pay for this with their tax moneys. And that specialist works for slave wages at the Vessel Documentation Center, answering all questions by phone, fax, mail, email, and even in person.

For rich yachtsmen who carefully do not pick up filthy telephone and making calls with it, it is better to hire an attorney to contract with a private documentation service to make contacts with the slave laborer at the NVDC, but it is also true that there are being very few reports of contagious social diseases coming from direct contact without all the middlemen.
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