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Old 06-08-2014, 17:35   #16

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Re: New Boat Purchase Questions

How do I get a title for the boat I built in the garage, then?

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Old 06-08-2014, 17:54   #17
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Re: New Boat Purchase Questions

You might want to reread Smitty's post #7 on page one.

By asking this question, it appears to me that you may not be familiar with boating. I simply don't know, 'cuz you didn't say if this was your first boat, or first new boat. Maybe I missed it.

But, if you're new, you should get a survey. Or, you should check every SINGLE thru hull and hose connection. Why? 'Cuz in many cases, Paco at the factory was in a hurry to get home on Friday afternoon and the hose clamps were ALL left loose.

I've heard more "Damn new boat and things don't work right" stories than I care to share.

Get the message?

Most of the good advice you've gotten here are from skippers who KNOW boats. They, and I, wouldn't bother with a survey, since we KNOW what we're dealing with. I've been boating for more than 35 years and have owned boats since 1983.

You may not. I dunno.

As far as $$ is concerned, do a search on this or any other boating forum for the word ESCROW.

It works. And should for you.

Keep some $$ back, and don't complete payment until EVERYTHING works. If you don't know what that means, then either find a surveyor who can be trusted, or a good friend who knows boats. In fact, if you're close to any of the skippers answering this question, find them and they'll most likely give you a hand. I would if you were here. [My wife is originally from Toronto. )

Good luck.

PS Don't you have a CONTRACT with the dealer? You can't be doing this on a handshake, can you? GET IT IN WRITING...

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Old 06-08-2014, 18:07   #18
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Re: New Boat Purchase Questions

I had a friend who home built a 35 footer once, Jammer... there was a provision at the State DMV for home built boats, trailers, cars, etc. Once it was state registered with the engine serial number it was pretty easy to Coast Guard Document the boat. Hope that helps! Your State DMV may vary from State to State, though... cheers, Phil
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Old 06-08-2014, 18:46   #19
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Re: New Boat Purchase Questions

You can find an old boat in a field, no mfg name, no vin and get it registered. I still think this is low on the list of the problems noted above...
"I spent most of my money on Booze, Broads and Boats. The rest I wasted" - Elmore Leonard

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Re: New Boat Purchase Questions

Thanks everyone for the great advice. Does anyone know a lawyer and surveyor in Rhode Island?

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