[QUOTE=Splash of Lime;1910184]Hi, i bought a 8.6' inflatable
from a used boat parts
store and got a receipt. But it does not have a title and no numbers. I just put on one side the letters TENDER
. I would only use it to get back and forth to town for supplies, is that ok. I mean is there anything else I need to do for C.G. or ? I do have a 8hp motor
I could put on it but for now, just oars. Now I also sold them a 9' inflatable
with lots of holes in it but I did not give them them the title which I still have. Maybe I could use that just in case it is ever needed? I also believe that when using a dingy you need life preservers for each person aboard, I guess at least one flair. Anything else?.
My understanding is that in CA any dinghy
with an outboard motor
has to be registered with the DMV. If you only row it, it doesn't have to be registered.
Any curious LEO is going to want to see the registration
, not the title. You are going to have to go to the DMV, but I suspect they will want to see the dinghy
and the vessel number. Is there one on display on a plate? Once registered, you get a sticker, a registration
document which must be presented on demand to a LEO, and you must put numbers on the boat. Oh, and you'll get a title, maybe a duplicate one. Hope you've got the receipt showing you paid sales tax, or the DMV will want it paid again.
At this point you might decide that you won't bother with the outboard
You should have signed the title over to the place you sold the other dinghy to. No, you can't use the title for a completely different vessel to register this one. It will have the wrong vessel number on it. I think a LEO might find that most unamusing.
I also strongly suggest that you look at the USCG website on minimum safety equipment
I carry a copy of the registration, WEAR a lifejacket, have flares (sic), and carry a handheld VHF
on my person. I usually have my cellphone in a waterproof bag.