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Old 01-01-2010, 14:46   #1
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Dinghys in Florida

I need to pick up about a 10 ft dingy in a month or so...If I buy a used dingy in Florida.. does it have to have a title? or can it be titled by simply paying the sales tax? Seems I've heard there are issues with registering untitled dingies in Fl...
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I had a real issue with registering my original dink. I bought Imagine in St. Maarten, and the dink came with it. Although it was in the survey Florida would not recognize I bought it as a package deal. When I finally got a bill of sale they would not recognize it either.

It just so happen I was flying home to Ca., and they looked at my bill of sale, took my $15.00, and thanked me for coming in. If you are going to use it in Florida be prepared to have your ducks in a row.........i2f
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Are you saying you registered it in CA? That's what I did years ago... registered in WA and just took the title, number boards etc from my WA dingy with me to FL.! In WA I just walked in and told them I bought a used dingy and they were glad to take my money...
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Yes, that's what I was trying to type. I lived in Ca., and Florida I had a hell of a time registering Imagine in Fl. Imagine has never seen Ca., and she was kept in Florida during hurricane season. Florida would not register her, because I paid taxes in Ca. It also seems from office to office the rules are interpreted differently?.........i2f
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And just to make it interesting.... if you keep a boat (dinghy included) in FL waters in excess of 90 days you must register it in FL. Even though it is registered in your home state....

So in this case it costs you $15 to get a CA registration just so that you can re-register in FL 90 days later....
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And just to make it interesting.... if you keep a boat (dinghy included) in FL waters in excess of 90 days you must register it in FL. Even though it is registered in your home state....

So in this case it costs you $15 to get a CA registration just so that you can re-register in FL 90 days later....
I'm pretty sure Florida has increased that from 90 days to 180 days recently.
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States like Florida and Louisiana make it hard to register dinghys to discourage theft. If you must register a dinghy and must have clear title, a stolen boat becomes useless. I bought a 1958 Duracraft 14' alum dinghy off Craigs list in Baton Rouge and even with a notarized bill of sale La. would not give me a sticker. When I got to Florida I had to have a Fish and Wildlife Agent come out and inspect the boat before Fl. would register it. It's all a pain in the butt, but if it prevents theft it's OK with me.
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DOes Florida require a non morotorized boat to register? Washington doesnt. So if you bought a small boat that had never been titled/registered in FLorida because it never had a motor...... I guess that would be "catch 22"
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I couldn't even get a registration from Fl. on top of my Ca. registration. Yes, they have made the requirement 180 days now..........i2f
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Just another reason to spend as little time as possible in Florida.
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DOes Florida require a non morotorized boat to register? Washington doesnt. So if you bought a small boat that had never been titled/registered in FLorida because it never had a motor...... I guess that would be "catch 22"
No, if the boat has no motor, you don't need a Florida registration.
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in both Florida and Louisiana, only boats with motors need to be registered. However, registering a boat makes it less likely to be stolen.
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So if you had a dingy that is not registered because you never put a motor on it.... how the heck would you comply later if you wanted to put a motor on it????
"Just another reason to spend as little time as possible in Florida." Boy I hear ya.. I was going to head to the keys in a month or so, but when you read the cruising guides etc etc, Florida sounds like more trouble than it's worth.. I'm thinking of going north!
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......."Just another reason to spend as little time as possible in Florida." Boy I hear ya.. I was going to head to the keys in a month or so, but when you read the cruising guides etc etc, Florida sounds like more trouble than it's worth.. I'm thinking of going north!
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No, if the boat has no motor, you don't need a Florida registration.
Only if it is less than 16ft long. Longer than that and it does need to be registered.
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