The advice I got, when I (a Washington
resident) bought a California boat this year was as follows:
You must receive the boat offshore (beyond the 3 mile limit). Put the lat/long of the delivery
location in the sales agreement. Then, went delivery day comes, the current
the boat to the delivery location, and hands you the keys. You have now completed an offshore delivery. You can return to California (to drop off the previous owner, if nothing else ;-) but you must leave the state within 90 days.
If you have a documented vessel (as I do), the rest of the process goes like this (although I have not gone through it all yet, so we'll see). Keep your sales agreement, and documentation
of your arrival in another state (or country I suppose). Fuel
and moorage receipts are fine. In my case, also keep proof that you paid sales tax in the state where you will be keeping the boat (Washington for me). For you, no tax in Oregon
, so just prove the boat is in Oregon
, and that you have registered it there.
When the Homeland security
folks eventually change your title, the state of Cal will detect the change and contact you to get sales tax. When they do, you provide them with the above documentation, and they go away.
Or at least I hope that is the way it works, that is what I did.