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Dolby 02-26-2013 09:27 AM

Selling a boat in Florida
If wanting to sell a boat in Florida (a title state) when the boat is registered in Delaware (a non-title state) with only a bill of sale, what issues could arise? Is such a thing possible?

Letrappes 02-26-2013 10:04 AM

I've had to deal with this a few times and went through it in Florida. Talk to the group doing titles but generally they realize that it is coming from a state with no titles and will ask for a notarized bill of sale . If it has a trailer make sure to do them independently. Things might have changed in ten years but that's all the office wanted from me in Florida.

denverd0n 02-26-2013 10:15 AM

Re: Selling a boat in Florida
As the seller, it is not legally your problem. It becomes the buyers problem when he has to register the boat.

Of course, a nice person (and it sounds like you are) would want to help the buyer to smooth out any problems related to this. To that end, you want to provide them with a bill of sale, which they can then use to get a Florida title issued. Only the vessel and trailer are subject to sales tax, so if the bill of sale itemizes separate costs for various items, it might save the buyer some money.

Having said that, if the boat is federally documented, then it is exempt from titling in Florida.

Official details here...

Dolby 02-26-2013 10:28 AM

Re: Selling a boat in Florida
thanks guys, this is the info i was looking for...i figured it would be the buyers responsibility, but why would you want to put someone in that situation...especially after they just bought your boat?

Letrappes 02-26-2013 12:03 PM

Re: Selling a boat in Florida
I agree. Having sold and bought a few boats it makes most everything a lot easier if you get it all notarized in the beginning so that you don't have to do it in the future taking up more of both of your time. My only boat I bought which was documented had all the paperwork done for me so all I had to do was sign. Not sure if yours is as that might change things as denverdon said.

Also, you might want to keep a copy of the bill of sale. If the boat ever becomes abandoned you want proof it isn't yours so you aren't fined. It also could help if you live in a state that collects property taxes on boats as you can't show that it was sold to another.

hellosailor 02-26-2013 01:30 PM

Re: Selling a boat in Florida
You can SELL the boat anywhere you please, any way you please. If the buyer wants to register it in Florida--he'll have to come up with whatever papers the florida dmv wants, to prove he bought it legally.

Apparently you have access to a computer, so you can check the requirements for your type of boat directly online with the florida dmv web site.

Keeping a copy of the bill of sale--with some ID from the buyer--is a very good idea, unless the boat is so old there is no HIN and no other way it can be traced back to you.

Dolby 02-26-2013 03:06 PM

Re: Selling a boat in Florida
Once again, thanks for the info....the boat is not a documented vessel, just will be my last day with internet for a while...Long Island Breeze has had great internet...hopefully when i arrive back in florida i will be able to find a new owner for the great mysterious so I can begin my search for a morgan OI...thanks again

oldfurr 03-03-2013 02:13 AM

Re: Selling a boat in Florida
FL. has been getting really aggressive about going after the last known owners of abandoned boats causing some real pain for honest sellers, sometimes many years after the sale. The FL. DMV form for notice of sale for cars boats etc. can be downloaded at dubya dubya seems to be a simple fill it out & send it in item but I would get it notarized and be aware they may still go after you if the buyer does not title it, from the fine print at the bottom of the form " OWNERSHIP STATUS FOR THE ABOVE DESCRIBED MOTOR VEHICLE, MOBILE HOME, OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE OR VESSEL
WILL NOT CHANGE UNTIL THE PURCHASER APPLIES FOR AND IS ISSUED A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE." so it's best if you are in FL. to go to the DMV WITH the buyer & see the titling process through. Idiot hassle but far better than a multi thousand dollar derelict vessel removal bill a few years down the road IMO.

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