Buying and Selling a Vessel
The procedure for transferring ownership of a vessel is outlined here. The steps are essentially the same whether the “seller” is a marine dealer or the “buyer” is an individual purchasing a pre-owned vessel from an individual “seller.”
If a registered vessel is sold or otherwise transferred to another person:
- The “buyer” must apply for the Certificate of Number to be transferred to his or her name within 30 days from the date of purchase.
- The Department of Revenue or an authorized boat dealer may issue a temporary operating permit, valid for 30 days, to permit lawful operation of the vessel until titling and registration are complete.