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.
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.
Boat History Reports
- An overview of boat history reports, vessel background checks
and the kinds of data they provide. Boat
Title Search - An overview about the various aspects of
boat title searches, how to verify ownership, and where to look for recorded
liens. Maritime Boat Liens
An overview what boat liens are all about, how they are created, and
various methods of foreclosures. 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
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.
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.
BOAT HISTORY SEARCH
The internet's largest collection of maritime databases all rolled into one
convenient search interface.
▪ Salvaged boat database.
▪ Boat lien claim database.
▪ Stolen boat database.
▪ Boat accident database.
▪ Pollution database.
▪ Documented vessel database.
▪ Factory recall database.
▪ Manufacturer database.
Includes a full compliment of boat title search resources.
BOAT TITLE SERVICES
Visit our services page for a complete listing of state level boat registration, Coast
Guard vessel documentation and other boat
BOAT FORMS ONLINE
The internet's most comprehensive gathering of Coast Guard vessel
documentation, state registration, and boat transaction forms. Includes instructions, examples and are fielded for easy
usage. Available for immediate download right online.