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 Welcome to our Boat Titles Page!
  
        Our Boat Titles Page deals with actions, events, and transactions which may affect ownership and equity positions in everything from ski-boats to mega-yachts. This includes purchase arrangements, transfers of interest, boat loan security agreements, vessel mortgages, and maritime liens. You will also find resources for conducting boat title searches, obtaining boat historical  information, and implementing owner background checks.

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BOAT TITLE INFORMATION & RESOURCES

  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 Settlement Service  -  A safe, efficient, and economical way to exchange a vessel's title for purchase considerations.
  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.
  Marine Lender Services   -  Visit our services page for a complete selection of boat loan security services with self-service or professional full-service options.
  Purchase and Sale Kit   -  Our boat purchase and sale kit contains all of the forms and instructions for implementing a buyer to seller direct transaction.

  Stolen Boat Postings  -  Add a free listing to our stolen boat database and gain exposure to our readers from all over the world.
  Boat Escrow Settlements  -  A summary of what boat escrow closing settlements are all about and why there is an absence of such resources.
  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 registries.

About Boat Titles

          A title by most legal definitions is the body of rights wherein individuals or entities may own equitable interests in a specific property. With respect to boats, these are typically evidenced by a certificate of ownership as issued by a governmental recording agency. Rights of ownership are however also represented by non-recorded instruments such as manufacturer assignments, bills of sale, transfers of interest, extra-judicial  foreclosures, court awards, and various other methods of conveyance. Boat titles may be furthermore encumbered by loan security arrangements, vessel mortgages, mechanic's liens, and  hidden maritime liens. When proven or perfected, these effectively become equity positions in the boat itself.

          Boat titles are not like anything else, especially when in comes to vehicles or real-estate. This is because they are multi-jurisdictional in nature. During the lifetime of a particular boat, its title may have become influenced by the laws of one or more states, the federal government, and perhaps a foreign country. Unfortunately, there is very little conformity among these entities with regard to the manifestation of ownership. Such diversity is further compounded by the different ways in which liens, encumbrances, and inferred equities are acknowledged or prioritized.

          In order to highlight just some of these differences, let's consider the manner in which boat title or ownership certificates are administered by various jurisdictions. Each of our states is categorized as "title" or "non-title" with regard to boats. In a non-title state, the yearly registration certificate is simply looked upon as proof of ownership. Unfortunately, their recording requirements are sometimes quite relaxed. The Coast Guard also issues a yearly certificate of documentation on qualified vessels which serves as a title certificate. Their application rules are more stringent than those of most states. With respect to foreign title certificates, these can be a mix of everything from simple license cards to certificates of registry.

          There is even more diversity in the way boat liens and encumbrances are handled within these various jurisdictions. In title states, security interests are typically shown on the certificate of title. Otherwise, it may be recorded with a county clerk or secretary of state as a Uniform Commercial Code filing. When a boat is Coast Guard documented, it's handled more like a real estate transaction. Here, a lien or encumbrance is recorded on the vessel's underlying abstract of title. As for foreign countries, they could again be a mix of both methods. The frightening thing about boat liens is that they may remain effective even though not recorded or known by a subsequent owner. There is also a converse priority with regard to liens and encumbrances on documented vessels.

          As you can see, there are numerous issues to consider when dealing with boat title transactions. It  requires a lot of experience, expertise, and hard work to ensure that ownership of a particular boat is unencumbered and marketable. Given these circumstances, the services of a titling professional will certainly increases the odds of success. Should you decide to go it alone, our web site can provide a wealth of boat title information, forms, and self-services. In any event, it may be worthwhile to consult with a maritime attorney to make sure your legal interests are fully protected.

        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.

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