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Old 26-11-2015, 20:09   #1
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I just bought a 22ft Catalina...my first sail boat. The boat comes with a trailer but dose not have any paper work on it ...question..... is this going to be a night mare to get done.....i know how the DMV some times can be...i live in Wilmington NC.....Help
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Old 26-11-2015, 20:22   #2
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Re: register boat trailer

It should be a mild hassle. Not real bad. You will probably need to know how much the trailer weighs. Usually 700 lbs to 1,000 lbs. And it's capacity, which should be on a plate on the tongue area of the trailer. Oh, also the manufacturer's name of the trailer.

When this happened to me they took my word and put that on the trailer title but I expected to have more verification.

Don't know if I caught the clerk in a good mood or not.

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Old 26-11-2015, 20:26   #3
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Re: register boat trailer

Well, not sure how each state does, but the first thing I would do, is call the DMV and simply ask them. It'll depend on if it's the factory trailer or a custom one. If it's a previously-registered trailer in your state, they may be able to give you more information on what might be needed, or some way to contact the prior registrant. If it's a custom trailer, you may be able to get it registered as Homemade / Home Built with less trouble.
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Old 26-11-2015, 21:31   #4
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Re: register boat trailer

Thank you guys i plan on going there tomorrow...i know they tell you not to go after a holiday....but my time is limited also...i will let you know how i made out
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Old 26-11-2015, 23:00   #5
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Re: register boat trailer

Don't know the law in your state
But here in NJ trailers of this size
Do Not have titles
But to register you need a
Notarized Bill Of Sale
With the VIN number on said bill
With these in hand it's no problem
If the bill of sales is not notarized
You can't register
So if I were you I'd have this in hand before going to the DMV
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Old 27-11-2015, 09:40   #6
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Thank you guys once again you guys always come thru mark
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Old 27-11-2015, 09:55   #7
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Re: register boat trailer

This must happen often enough. I have had to do it at least tree times in Michigan and Ohio. It was not a problem. Scout the trailer for VIN or SR-#, maker's name. If your DMV needs weight, go to a truck scale and get a certificate if necessary or otherwise concoct a believable number. If it was bundled in the bill of sale for the boat, bring along the documents.
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