Dad & Lad
Looking to buy my first Laser, used. Does the seller need to have a title?
(FWIW, I'm in TX)
(FWIW, I'm in TX)
OK, maybe this varies by state. Boats in Ohio don't need a title if they are under 14 feet. A Laser is 13 feet 10 inches, and I figured that the builders planned it that way so they wouldn't need a title. I've been wrong once before.are you sure? i just sold one and i included the title in the sale.
you better double check. i thought the dealers give an original title with
a new boat. the title has lines on the backside to help with transferring ownership.
Indiana is messed up... you dont need to title the boat, and theoretically dont need to title the trailer. However to get a trailer plate, you have to have a valid title... I trailer 2x per year, when I do, I "borrow" a tag, which I'm sure is a hefty fine if I get caught.This was a few years back, but when I was in Texas you only had to register a sailboat with TX numbers if it was over 14 feet. The Laser is convenient 13' 11" per manufacturer's spec. I would assume no registration means no title. I bought and sold several boats in Texas without a title. I doubt you could find a Laser with a title in Texas even if you wanted.
You shouldn't need a title for the trailer either. At any rate get some sort of signed bill of sale just to CYA.
Merrily, etal:Title requirements vary by state and many do not title non-motorized vessels. For example Florida does not title non-motorized boats under 16 feet, but does title all boats over 16 feet. On a new boat, the builder will supply an MSO (manufacturer's statement of origin) to the dealer. There is a place on it to transfer ownership from the dealer to the end purchaser. You can take the MSO to your approptiate state office to gain a title.
Generally speaking if you buy a boat in a non-title state and bring it into a title state, a notorized bill of sale is all you will need to get a new title.