Henryk: EVERY Canadian pleasure vessel, except if powered by less that a 10HP motor
, MUST be either licensed or registered. It's unlikely that your new boat
is registered. The number shown on her bows is the License
Number, and it is unique. If you contact Transport Canada
and give them the number, they can tell you who the licensee is - i.e. the "owner of record".
If the licensee is the marina that you bought the boat from, the amending of Transport Canada's records is straight forward, and you will find the application forms on TC's website.
If the marina did NOT have TC's records updated when they seized the boat, so that the marina is now shown as the licensee, it will be more difficult to update the records to show you as the licensee, because it is necessary to show a complete, unbroken trail of "title" to the boat.
The marina would have the right to seize the boat for unpaid storage
. The marina can do that under something called the "Warehouseman's Lien Act". and, depending on circumstances, the transfer of title under that act from the previous owner (as debtor) to the marina (as creditor) might require a Court Order. Once the marina is the rightful owner (pursuant to the Court Order) the marina can have TC update their records to show the marina as licensee, and thereafter you can have the records further amended to show you as the licensee. TC will need a copy of the court order to change the records to show the marina as licensee and a receipted bill of sale
from the marina to you to change the records to show you as the licensee.
I hope that helps. The key to it all is that there has to be an unbroken "paper trail" for the updating of TC's records.