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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-01-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Boat and Trailer Title/Reg Question

I didn't want to steal the previous thread so I thought I would start another. I am a PA resident looking into buy a used boat from a person in NJ and wanted to know if there is anything I should look out for when I am transferring the boat title and registration and the trailer registration? The person says he has the all proper paper work for both boat and trailer. I did some research on my end but I am still a bit confused on what I need. I assume I can simple take the boat and trailer to a title agency to get everything handled but does the seller have to come with me or does he just sign the title over to me and provide me with a bill of sale? Never purchased a used boat before and not sure if it being out of state matters.

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Re: Boat and Trailer Title/Reg Question

I bought a boat in Ohio a couple years ago, if I remember correctly I needed a bill of sale and some other type of form signed by them. I went to a local notary and she gave me all the info I would need along with the forms, I would check in advance with the notary you plan to use, mine went thru with no problems, good luck

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Re: Boat and Trailer Title/Reg Question

be sure the Bill of sale shows the price you paid, they need that for the tax you will pay.

get separate B/S for the boat with ID# and a separate B/S for the trailer with the ID#. Boats are registered by a separate agency from the trailer (DMV). His old title (if NJ has titles) signed over to you is helpful. PA doesn't have titles per se for Baots.
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Re: Boat and Trailer Title/Reg Question

Actually, you can now title a boat in PA.



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Re: Boat and Trailer Title/Reg Question

That one almost nipped me in the butt...

Boats over a certain size (14 or 16?) are supposed to be titled and any smaller boat can be titled (to be titled forever then). At least this is what I was told.

Here is the wording:
-Any boat powered by an inboard motor that has a model year of 1997 or newer.
-Any boat powered by an outboard motor that is 14 feet or longer and has a model year of 1997 or newer.
-Any boat with a Pennsylvania title when purchased.
-Any boat used primarily in Pennsylvania even though it's titled in another state.

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