When the vessel is documented in Canada
it is your title, you have proof you own it. A Canadian license
states right on it that it does not prove ownership
. Maybe a bill of sale
might be accepted in a foreign port or maybe not. Often it depends on the customs
We looked at a boat for sale
in Toronto. The owner only had a bill of sale
. The dealer he bought from had gone out of business. It was questionable if Transport Canada would accept this bill of sale in order to document the boat. We walked away from the sale. When it comes time to sell a boat most people want proof you own it before they write the cheque.
We bought a US boat. Got very good service
and help from Transport Canada. I did the tonnage survey
myself, Transport Canada coached me on that. I had a documentation
company handle the cancelation of the US documentation
and the Canadian paper work. We used a broker and did a highseas closing. It took less than a month to transfer it over while we sat in a slip as "an undocumented Canadian vessel". Once we were documented we got a US cruising permit
and sailed away. The documentation cost was less than $1000.