vessel documentation and boat registration


vessel record search
"The internet's foremost boat history & title search resource."

Search for boat records from eight master databases all rolled into one.
Detailed reports on multiple search criteria with mailing lists for documented vessel owners.
Unique cross-checking feature for hull numbers, documentation numbers, and state registration numbers.

Identify vessels that have been stolen, damaged, destroyed, submerged, salvaged, or recalled. 

bl  Vessel Documentation Database
bl  Boating Accident Database
bl  Casualty & Pollution Database
bl  Lien Claims Database

bl  Stolen Vessel Database
bl  Auctioned Vessel Database
bl  Factory Recall Database
bl  Manufacturer's Database

Includes state, federal, and foreign boat registration search resources. 

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EXCLUSIVE!   -  Documentation records now include over 500,000 owners.
EXCLUSIVE!   -  Maritime claims database for all types of boats.
NEW!   -  Boat status report with a comprehensive title and background analysis.
NEW!   -  Boat title report builder for use with our search resources.
BONUS!   -   Coast Guard Vessel Database downloads now available for 360 day members.

Features   -   Comparison   -   Ordering   -   Pricing   -   Facts   -   Examples   -   About

30 Day Membership

Unrestricted access at a minimal cost.
Includes a free vessel research guide.

Unlimited Searches



One time subscription - non recurring.

180 Day Membership

Save $29.75 with 180 day membership.
Includes a free vessel research guide.

Unlimited Searches 



One time subscription - non recurring.

360 Day Membership

Save $89.45 with 360 day membership.
Includes a free vessel research guide.

Unlimited Searches



One time subscription - non recurring.

Please read our terms of use and important facts about this service before placing your order.


  Unlimited access to all features with every subscription.

  Instructions, forms, contact information for state research.

  Free Vessel Abstracting Handbook & ordering information.

  Boat status report with a title
and background analysis.

  Supplemental archive search for C.G. documented vessels.

  Mailing lists available in Excel , CSV text, or tab delimited text

  Vessel hull identification number verification tool with examples.

  Manufacturer information and recall database for all vessels.

  Responsive customer support for all of your search needs.

  Easy login procedure with detailed search instructions.

  Unlimited search capabilities for all membership subscription types.

  Complete descriptions of each database with usage information.

  Mailing lists compatible with all labeling and merger applications.

  Boat title report builder for use with our search resources.

  A complete range of boat title search tools and resources.


 About Our Database Service

          The acquisition of boat ownership, registration, and historical data can present enormous challenges. This is brought about by the diverse number of entities which gather and record such information. Boating activities are administered nationwide on almost every level of government from the U.S. Coast Guard on down to local harbor districts. There are also numerous offshore entities to consider when dealing with foreign boats which have been imported into the United States.

          As with any research effort, the key is knowing exactly where to look for certain types of data. Ownership records on state registered boats may for example be found at a wildlife conservation agency, the department of motor vehicles, a county clerks office, the marine police division, or perhaps even the department of revenue. Federally documented vessels are on the other hand administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Boat lien information may accompany ownership records, is sometimes recorded with a secretary of state, or perhaps may not be recorded at all while still remaining effective. Historical data sources for boating accidents, stolen boats, salvaged boats, and enforcement incidents are even more widely dispersed.

          Our BoatScope database service is designed to overcome many of these issues by gathering together the industry's largest network of relational maritime databases. These include records for boats which have been stolen, salvaged, recalled, or involved in accident and pollution incidents. We also maintain a boat claims database and a Coast Guard vessel documentation database. The boat claims database allows claimants to expose boat liens or claims as a supplement to formal recording methods which are sometimes limited. Our Coast Guard vessel documentation database contains over 500,000 records that can be searched by multiple criteria. This is especially useful in producing ownership mailing lists and various other summaries or reports.

          This entire collection of databases is accessible from a single venue which is available through our BoatScope online service. It contains a versatile search interface which allows users to generate detailed reports based on information drawn from our database network. Searches can be implemented by entering a hull identification number, state registration number, or vessel documentation number. It will even go so far as to cross-check each database for references when one or more of the identification numbers is unknown. The numbers are also validated against governmental issuing standards for content and structure.

          Although BoatScope contains the internet's most extensive collection of maritime databases, it offers far more than just boat records. The system actually serves as a complete resource for anyone looking to implement a comprehensive title search on any type of boat. The search resources module provides everything from an online vessel research handbook to a complete listing of available resources for obtaining registration records directly from state, federal, or foreign agencies. It even contains a unique boat title report builder which allows research data to be gathered into an organized summary that can be saved to a local storage device.

          In conclusion, we wish to say that even with the power of BoatScope, there are limitations as to the extent of accessible boat data. Many state jurisdictions have now implemented strict anti-disclosure laws which make it difficult to obtain boat registration and ownership records. Even when such data is available,  it may be fragmented and its conclusiveness can not always be assured. Typographical errors and omissions in reporting methods may also render certain data as unreliable. Although our BoatScope service is the best possible tool for gathering boat information, this should never displace other safeguards when it comes to maritime transactions.


Expose your maritime claim of lien to our readers from all over the world. Post a listing to our Boat Claims Database quickly and easily. No fees or subscription required. Available for any type of boat regardless of size or location.
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Alert our readers from all over the world about a stolen boat. Post a listing to our Stolen Boat Database quickly and easily. No fees or subscription required. Available for any type of boat regardless of size or location.
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