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Boat Title Search Guidelines

Boat title search guidelines for USCG documented, state registered, and foreign vessels.

A thorough and accurate boat title search lays the necessary foundation for any kind of vessel transaction. However, this can be extremely challenging given all the ways in which ownership, liens, and historical data are recorded. A typical search can include U.S. Coast Guard documentation, state registration, and perhaps even foreign registries. This website, along with our premier "BoatScope" database, is designed specifically for assisting prospective buyers, marine lenders, industry professionals, and the entire boating community in navigating the complexities of such endeavor. The following information and guidelines will cover everything you will need to know about title and history searches from ski-boats to mega-yachts.

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Boat Registration Basics - What you should know about state boat registration and titling.
Owner Background Search - Why you should consider a boat owner background search lookup check.
Boat Title Disclosure - What you should know about boat owner title disclosures.

Vessel Documentation Basics - What you should know about Coast Guard vessel documentation.

Foreign Registration Basics - What you should know about foreign yacht registration.

Boat Title Search Advisor - Frequently asked questions about boat title and history searches.

Maritime Boat Liens - What you should know about maritime liens.

Boat History Reports - What you should know about boat history reports.
Stolen Boat Research - Where and when to check for a stolen boat.

Boat Escrow Closing Settlements  -  An insight into boat closings, escrows, and settlements.

Boat Title Search Summary  -  An overview of what boat title searches are about.

Boat Titling Methods  -  Various methods for registering and titling boats.

Delaware Yacht Registration  -  What you should know about registering a boat in Delaware.

State Registration Overview  -  State boat registration and titling definitions.

Vessel Documentation Overview  -  What USCG documentation is all about.

Vessel Documentation Requirements  -  A listing of all vessel documentation requirements.

Documentation vs. Registration  -  Making choices between state registration and documentation.

USCG Abstract of Title  -  How to order and interpret a USCG abstract of title.

Vessel Documentation Legal Rulings  -  A gathering of court rulings about documented vessels.

Hull Number Guidelines  -  What you should know about boat hull identification numbers.

Glossary of Terms - A complete listing of terms used in the boating community.


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