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We found a sailboat and closed the sale.

What kind of paperwork can I expect in Canada to claim ownership? The owner is going to write a Bill of Sale with the serial number of the boat and the outboard.

Is that enough? is there anything else I should request?

Thank you for any advice.
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Hi,



We found a sailboat and closed the sale.



What kind of paperwork can I expect in Canada to claim ownership? The owner is going to write a Bill of Sale with the serial number of the boat and the outboard.



Is that enough? is there anything else I should request?



Thank you for any advice.
If the boat has a licence number on the bow you should get a copy of that document as well. Also, if the boat is equipped with a modern vhf that has DSC, find out if the previous owner registered an MMSI number on the radio. If so you might want to get that info so you can re-register the MMSI number in your name. Once that number is entered into the VHF radio it cannot be changed.

We bought our last boat through a broker and they provided us with 2 bills of sales, one showed the sale of the boat for $1 which was purely for proof of ownership. The other bill of sale had the actual purchase price on it which was for taxation purposes.

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If the boat has a licence number on the bow you should get a copy of that document as well. Also, if the boat is equipped with a modern vhf that has DSC, find out if the previous owner registered an MMSI number on the radio. If so you might want to get that info so you can re-register the MMSI number in your name. Once that number is entered into the VHF radio it cannot be changed.

We bought our last boat through a broker and they provided us with 2 bills of sales, one showed the sale of the boat for $1 which was purely for proof of ownership. The other bill of sale had the actual purchase price on it which was for taxation purposes.

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Fantastic, we'll find out the radio MMSI number. No license number on the bow in this one. Thank you very much SchockT
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Congratulations Pasadena. I know very little about these sales transactions but I thought every boat had to be numbered and registered. If you are buying this vessel from the unhelpful seller on Vancouver Island, I would make certain there are no registration problems before you pay for the boat.
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Is the boat staying in Canada?

Where was it built?
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Congratulations Pasadena. I know very little about these sales transactions but I thought every boat had to be numbered and registered. If you are buying this vessel from the unhelpful seller on Vancouver Island, I would make certain there are no registration problems before you pay for the boat.
Thanks Paulinnanaimo, it all worked out in the end. The boat was in great shape and the owner as helpful as he could. I guess he had his share of frustration too.

For what I gather so far, it is voluntary to register a boat in Canada with engines under 10hp. Unless you want an official name for the boat, in that case you get the number as well.
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I think a call to whomever is the registration authority is necessary for a definitive answer.

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Call the Washington Department of Licensing and ask them what documents they need in order to title the boat in your name.

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Is the boat staying in Canada?

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I think a call to whomever is the registration authority is necessary for a definitive answer.
Thank you. Yes, we found the forms from Transport Canada. Should all be fine.
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