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.
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
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
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.