Originally Posted by The Perfessor
Thank you; This is very encouraging. Now for another wrinkle; There are two names on the title; mine, and my friends. He wants off the title as I and my girlfriend are assuming all liability for the boat (and expenses). Are there ramifications for changing out a name when registering / re-titling the boat? Is this considered a sale subject ot sales tax? Thanks again in advance; everyone is so helpful! Rich
A couple of things:
The MA Registry of Motor
Vehicles does not handle boats. The MA Environmental Police do.
MA titles boats but does not title US documented vessels.
If your boat is titled it is not documented. Documented boats cannot be legally titled.
To change your title I recommend you friend sell his half for an agreed amount and make up a bill of sale. (I would have it notorized.)
Take a rubbing of the VIN number on the stern. (Put a piece of paper over the VIN and rub over the VIN with the side of a pencil lead.)
If the boat has an outboard motor record
the model and serial
Bring your current
registration, your bill of sale and your rubbing to the most convenient Environmental Police Office that handles boat registration and titling. Bring money
to pay sales tax, registration and titling.
I believe the only sales tax you will have to pay is on the amount you paid your partner for his half.
P.S. Bring with you everything you can find from your original purchase
of the boat. Bill of sale, title, registration and proof of sales tax paid.
ETA: You can probably do this by mail but I’d be afraid to guess how many back and forths that might take.