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 Welcome to our Boat Title Research Page!
        Our Boat Title Research Page offers information about researching ownership, liens, encumbrances, and historical backgrounds on all types of boats or watercraft. This includes state registered boats, Coast Guard documented vessels, and foreign registered yachts. You will also find a wealth of services, forms, and other resources pertaining to boat title searches.

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  Boat History Search  -  The internet's largest gathering or maritime databases all rolled into one convenient search interface.
  Abstract of Title Service  - Obtain an abstract of title for any Coast Guard documented vessel with your choice of our self-service kit or full-services.
  Boat Lien Services  -  File a claim of lien with the Coat Guard or register your lien with our boat lien claims database.
  Boat Titling Forms  -  A complete gathering of forms designed for boat title and marine loan transactions.
  Boat Title Report  -  Build your own title report by utilizing our database service or get a quotation from our full-service affiliate.
  Boat Research Advisor  -  Answers to frequently asked questions about researching boat titles, liens, encumbrances, and historical backgrounds.
  About Stolen Boat Searches -  Procedures and resources for checking on stolen boats with information about online database searches.

  About Boat History Reports  -  The inside story about boat history reports, vessel background checks and the kinds of data they provide.
  About Boat Title Research  -  Various aspects of  boat title searches, how to verify ownership, and where to look for recorded liens.
  About Maritime Boat Liens  -  What boat liens are all about, how they are created, and various methods of foreclosures.
  About Vessel Documentation Abstracts  -  All bout Coast Guard abstracts of title, what they are, why they are created, their structure, and how to place an order.
  Vessel Abstracting Handbook  -  Learn how to read, interpret, and summarize Coast Guard abstracts of title.
  Vessel Research Handbook  -  Handbook for researching Coast Guard records, state level boat registration records, and foreign registries.

About Boat Title Research

          It would seem that checking on a boat's title status should be as easy as inspecting the owner's certificate of title, registration, or documentation. However, this is only the starting point in what could become a rather complex investigative effort. The extent of all this will of course depend on the boat's size and operational background. The important thing to remember here is that what you see is not always what you get when it comes to representations of title.

          In order to determine what is really going on behind the scenes, you will need an understanding of the various ways in which ownership can be recorded and how liens or encumbrances become attached to a boat's title. Unfortunately, this is where things can start getting complicated.  A particular boat may in its lifetime have been alternately titled or registered with the U.S. Coast guard, any number of states, and perhaps even a foreign government.

          As for liens and encumbrances, this is another area where there is no real consistency. In most cases, a loan security interest, mortgage, or claim of lien will be recorded according to how the a boat is titled and registered. In the realm of maritime law however, there is nothing that says a lien must be recorded at all in order to be effective against the boat. In fact, such liens can follow a boat through subsequent owners even with out their knowledge.

          If all of this is not confounding enough, let's add the lack of accord among boat recording agencies to the mix. There is no common exchange of information or data whatsoever among various state and federal  jurisdictions. Each does things their own way and some are extremely retentive about providing boat, ownership, and lien data to the general public. This creates a great deal of hardship for those in need of such information, especially to any degree of urgency.

          Given these circumstances, it becomes obvious that conducting a thorough boat title search is as much of an art as logical science. This is not to say that a layman can not perform such a task, but it's going to require a lot of homework and endurance. Boat title research is an absolute necessity however, as there is no other way to protect against misrepresentations. Boat title insurance is non-existent in the marine industry.

          Our web site is dedicated in no small part to assisting those in need of boat title research. Whether you intend to do this yourself or require professional assistance, we have all of the resources you are going to need. In addition to a wealth of information, you will find specialized services, search forms, and best of all... our BoatScope database. This offers the internet's largest gathering of boat records and is designed exclusively for boat title research.

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