Originally Posted by Zanshin
From the RYA Pages:
The RYA is not
wrong - but that because they do not actually state that Part 1 is Proof of Ownership (the excerpt is carefully worded). However, it is implied and IMO the last paragraph is heading towards being misleading, even if not strictly speaking incorrect.
For officialdom (foreign or domestic!) the best they can get is the name on the Part 1 register. (and as said, that can be checked) - plus what the person in front of them claims / asserts.
Could there be a different owner? Yes! - but in practice that would only become an issue either if someone else was to dispute ownership (they may have a genuine bill of sale
to them or the cheque to buy the boat from them bounced).......or if the Registered Owner disclaimed ownership (perhaps after the boat had discharged poop incorrectly? and was facing 127 years in prison and a squillion dollar fine
and therefore he decided that not owning the boat would be useful
....or he had simply sold it and new owner lied!).........However, when simply meeting and greeting officialdom none of those will be occuring (and officialdom no reason to suspect any of these maybes and hypotheticals would be the case).
Therefore officialdom accepts what is on the Part 1 doc. and likely that 99%+ of the time it is correct to do so.
With a UK boat Part 1 is as good as
(as good as yer gonna get