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Hey I know there are lots of threads on USCG documentation, pros, cons, etc. They were very helpful, and I don't have any questions about that. My question is simply this: I'm buying a 25 year old boat that has never been documented (as far as we can tell), and has had at least two owners before me (possibly more). The current owner has kept good records, but I certainly do not have 25 years worth of ownership history records on this boat.

Is it realistic to document it, or is it going to become a paperwork/researching nightmare? I read what I could find in the archives and on the USCG site, but they don't say much about older boats that have never been documented and what's involved. Has anyone tried to do this?
Thanks,
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Check Good Old Boat

The recent Good Old Boat magazine had a pretty extensive article on that subject. Hope that helps.
 

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The recent Good Old Boat magazine had a pretty extensive article on that subject. Hope that helps.
Thanks, I have a subscription, but I must have missed that article. I'll go dig it up. Thanks again...
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I'd call up the number at the USCGVDS and ask them. Everyone I've talked with there has been eager to be helpful. USCG National Vessel Documentation Center, Home Page You'll have to wait until Monday, but you're likely to get a correct answer.
Ha ha, thanks paulk--I was just coming to that conclusion after reading the Good Old Boat article that Joesaila referenced. I'll call them Monday morning and see what they say. Thanks!
 

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jo, in most states boat are titled as motor vehicles and that's been pretty much standard since 1973(?). So the odds are, if your boat has been registered by each owner, there is also a title issued for it, or the registration may serve as the title.

They'll be able to clear that up fast on the phone, but if you've got some kind of title papers--they'll have some solution for you.
 

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Get your bill of sale and state title/registration. No need to dredge up history to get documented.
Hi cam, are you saying that I should register/title it completely in Maryland first (without documenting), so then I'd have a title in my own name (as opposed to the seller's title and the bill of sale). Then after that's complete, I could document it more easily because it's in my name to start with?

Just making sure I understand.
 

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I purchased a boat registered by the previous owner in Alabama. Using the bill of sale and his registration documents, I was able to get my USCG documents. It is really easy, and the people at the documentation office are very helpful. Download the information and forms from the website, and it will take no more than about an hour to do the whole job.
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I purchased a boat registered by the previous owner in Alabama. Using the bill of sale and his registration documents, I was able to get my USCG documents. It is really easy, and the people at the documentation office are very helpful. Download the information and forms from the website, and it will take no more than about an hour to do the whole job.
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Thanks j34035, had your boat also never been documented previously?
 

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Talked with the Coast Guard a couple of times this morning. They did seem very helpful.

Some new info came to light though. The boat has indeed been documented previously, just not currently. So that helps because I don't need the simplified measurements form. So basically, I only need:

a) If we document right now - USCG application, seller's registration or title, and bill of sale.

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b) If we decide to first title in MD and switch to USCG later - USCG application and my own MD registration or title.

We might go with option B only because since I'm handling the documentation myself, if there are any paperwork problems, I don't have to worry that the boat's not titled legally. Then I can take my own sweet time and switch over.

Thanks again for the help everyone. I'll let you know how it goes!
 

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Joz-

BTW, do we have photos of your new boat up yet??? What did you end up getting???
 

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Bueno. :) And congratulations. :)
 
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