I have only bought one non-trailer boat
in my life, my Sabre
34 that had a MD title. I walked into the DNR office, and out 20 minutes later with a title. Some years later, I sent some paperwork into NVDC and got it documented, slow but little fuss.
I am now looking to buy a bigger boat
. My search is broader, and even includes out of country (one boat on my radar
is in Toronto). In or out of the country (similar but different issues), I ponder how to get the boat home. I will probably end up with a broker (nearly all boats in my target are listed by brokers -- it's hard to find a $100-200K boat that is "by owner"), and I'm sure he will help, but I'd still like to understand the process in advance. It seems that I transfer the funds, the owner signs over title in some fashion, I send paperwork into the NVDC, and then I wait for 2 months before I can move it. That just doesn't make sense!
How does one legally move a newly acquired boat on the day of purchase
? In the US, you can go on the "you won't get stopped anyway" view, and at least move it some. But in this example Canadian boat, 50 miles later I'm going to clear customs
and declare it! That's probably a bit more paperwork... LOL. With cars, the dealer can give you a temporary tag, but I don't see that happening with boats.... or does it?
Arguably, during that two months it can't legally even sit at the pier, since the prior owner has given up title and the new owner does not have provable title, or suitable "registration"