boat title and history search

The nation's largest collection of boat history and title search resources.

USCG Documented Vessels  -  State Registered Boats  -  Foreign Registered Yachts

Serving boat buyers, sellers, marine lenders, yacht brokers, boat dealers, maritime attorneys, and marine surveyors.

Featuring the boating industry's most comprehensive vessel database ever!

BoatScopeTM

"The internet's foremost boat history search resource."

Search for boat records from eight master databases all rolled into one interface.
Detailed reports on multiple search criteria available for both desktop and mobile devices.
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.

BOAT LIEN REGISTRY

Free listings with no obligation.
Post your lien claim today right online.
Inform the boating public about your claim.
Designed especially for lenders and claimants.

vessel documentation and boat registration

STOLEN BOAT REGISTRY

Free listings with no obligation.
Post a stolen boat event today online.
Nationwide exposure for boats and yachts.
Ideal for insurers or law enforcement agencies.

BOAT TITLE SEARCH RESOURCES

Free Boat Hull Number Check - A starting point for any boat title search to make sure the hull number conforms to federal standards with a breakdown of various elements.

Free USCG Documentation Search - Check to see if a vessel has been USCG documented. Search by official number, hull number, or vessel name. Includes a preliminary report.

Free Boat Manufacturer Search - Free boat manufacturer database search lookup for all domestic and imported boats. Thousands of listings with builder and vessel details.

State Registration Summary - Detailed state by state listing of boat registration, titling, loan perfection, title research, and operational requirements.

Vessel Documentation Summary - A detailed overview of vessel, ownership, preferred mortgage requirements, recording methods, and documentation abstract record searches.

Foreign Registration Summary - Information about how yachts are registered in various foreign countries with details about how loans and mortgages are recorded and perfected.

USCG Vessel Record Request  -  Order an abstract of title, certificate of documentation, certificate of ownership, preferred mortgage, bill of sale, claim of lien, and other filings.

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What you should know about boat title and history searches!

⚫  There is no such thing as boat title insurance in the marine industry. Yacht brokers, documentation companies, and attorneys do not guarantee titles. There is accordingly no substitute for a title, lien, and history search when it comes to any boat transaction.

⚫   What you see isn't always what you get with boat title certificates. They may not always show full ownership, certain liens, and deficiencies or may have been superseded. Boat title and registration information should always be verified with the issuing agency.

⚫   Boat ownership, liens, and mortgages can be recorded in different ways. It all depends on where the boat is located and whether used for recreational or commercial purposes. Boat liens and claims can in fact exist even without having ever become formalized.

⚫   A particular boat may have been subject to numerous titling and registration jurisdictions during its lifetime. These may include USCG vessel documentation, state registration, and foreign yacht registry. All of which can still impact the most current title's validity.

⚫  Title branding for boats or reporting requirements for salvage and insurance companies is minimal at best. Although such information is available from within our databases, coverage for all damaged boats is not attainable. A hull inspection should be implemented before closing any boat transaction.

⚫   Errors and omissions are commonplace in boat title recordings. Hull numbers can be easily misread, obscured, or altered. It is important to ensure that the boat's title documents match up exactly with the numbers affixed to the boat itself. Our website also provides a free hull number check service to determine whether the assigned number is formatted correctly.

⚫   Boat ownership data is becoming ever more difficult to obtain due to strict privacy laws in many jurisdictions. It may therefore take some effort and time in checking this out. Don't wait until the last minute to initiate a thorough ownership, title, and lien search.

⚫   When all is said and done, the boat's owner is your only recourse in case of title deficiencies. Of course this doesn't matter if such party becomes insolvent, unavailable, or non-cooperative. You should run a background check on all owners unless you have supreme confidence in their wherewithal to stand behind any representations of title.

BOAT TITLE SEARCH GUIDELINES

State Registration Research - An overall view of state boat registration and how it relates to U.S.C.G. vessel documentation and foreign registry with respect to boat title research..

USCG Vessel Documentation Research - Learn how to search for ownership, lien claims, and preferred vessel mortgages on U.S. Coast Guard documented boats.

Foreign Yacht Research - Information about how offshore yachts are registered in foreign countries and methods for conducting ownership title and mortgage searches.

Boat Title Search Advisor - Answers to important questions about state registration, USCG Vessel documentation, stolen boat, and salvaged boat searches.

Proving Boat Ownership - An informative article about proving ownership, the various methods in which vessels become titled, and how this relates to boat title research.

Boat History Reports - Explore the various aspects of a boat history reports, the type of information included, and the manner in which results are typically portrayed.

Checking Stolen Boats - Article about the procedures and resources for checking on stolen boats. Reveals the scope of online database searches and background checks.

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