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Old 06-15-2007, 11:02 AM
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Ok heres the situation i was looking at buying a boat from a broker...the guy was trading his boat in for a new boat...the guy that was trading his boat in couldn't get the loan on the new boat...so the broker wouldn't take the trade in

What i want to do is since now the broker, Who promised me this boat(I even put 10% down on it!) Doesn't actually have any rights to the boat...i want to make the original owner an offer on it...

BUT all i have is the Hull number and the name of the boat...is there anyway to find out his name or address from this information? I just want to offer this guy some money see if he'll sell his boat to me
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If it is state registered call the agency responsible for that information. if it is documented there are several sites online where you can do a boat name search.
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I've found this site...but its not listed there...where else should i try?

http://www.st.nmfs.gov/st1/CoastGuard/VesselByName.html
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Contact the manufacturer of the boat and they may be able to help. Outside of that, you may still run into difficulties with the broker if you by-pass him on the deal since he was involved with the seller. That, however, would be the seller's problem, not your's.
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Old 06-15-2007, 11:46 AM
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If you put 10% down on the boat, you should have or seen a contract that spelled out the owners information.
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Old 06-15-2007, 11:51 AM
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i've got the contract right in front of me....list year make model hull # of boat nothing else...and i've got the name of the boat from some pics i took when i first saw it
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My boat is documented and I put its name here and it came up with mine and two others. Then you must pay something for more information. Here is the link:
http://www.boatinfoworld.com/search.asp?type=bn
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The boats hull # is the state registration #. In nearly all states that is puplic information and is normally obtained through the dept of motor vehicles or vehicle tax agency. The name can also be searched using the HIN # which is the mfg's hull identification number. Almost always a nominal fee involved. In some states that information can be obtained online but not many.

There are also several subscription sites that are used by private investigators and insurance companies. If you have a friend in either of those prfessions they might help

The Coast Guard site only list documented vessals which normally applies to larger and/or commercial vessals and precludes recreational vessals
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No luck there...the boats Name "Shitz n Giggles"(The broker said they owned alot of those little dogs) In Merrick,NY...don't know about putting the hull number on a forum though i'm just trying to figure out if its still for sale
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Boat check . com might do it. PM the HIN and Ill try when I get a chance.
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:32 PM
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I bet a cop could find out! Know anyone in law enforcement ?
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If the boat is still for sale it should be advertised in a local newspaper or something. You may also want to check www.boattrader.com to see if it shows up there.

Unless the boat was documented you will not have any luck tracing the name through sources mentioned.
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The Coast Guard site only list documented vessals which normally applies to larger and/or commercial vessals and precludes recreational vessals
Not true, you can document any boat. Mine (pictured below) is documented.

If the boat in question has any visible numbers then its most likely not documented but state registered. Anyone in law enforcement can run the numbers and find out all the owners info. But you will need to know the officer because they are not permitted to hand out this info.
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What kind/make/model/year of boat is it? Check local listings.
Maybe someone local can go to the marina and ask around? Do you know where it is/was - lots of yards in Merrick.

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The Ohio DNR Watercraft Division can track a boat by the HIN# but they were very reluctant to give me the owners name. When I explained to them that there was a racoon family living in this guys boat and he really needs to know about it they did tell me his name and last known address. The boat registration had long expired and when I drove by the house it had a for sale sign on it. I knocked on the neighbors door and all he knew was the guys name was Bob and he was going through a divorce, the house had been for sale for 2 years. I never did find him.

Try your local watercraft division and give it a try.

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Since you have put 10% down, you have a contract with the broker. He may still broker the boat--and will know the owner's data. What you are trying to do is circumvent the broker. Tain't right...I don't like brokers any more than the next guy--but he can enforce the contract if you buy the boat. So go thru the broker.

As for documenting boats--it is not just larger or comercial vessels and does not preclude recreational vessels. The boat has to meet the net tonage (calculated by formula) of 5 net tons--this is more of a capacity than weight. I have documented vessels as small as 22 feet, and find that many 25 foot vessels are documentable.
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I don't see how the broker has any rights to the boat. It was something he was going to take on trade, then refused when the owner couldn't finance the new boat. I would consider any contracts he had as null and void once he refused to take the boat. He left the buyer high and dry after taking a deposit on a boat he never had possession of.
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The Coast Guard site only list documented vessals which normally applies to larger and/or commercial vessals and precludes recreational vessals
Not true, you can document any boat. Mine (pictured below) is documented.

If the boat in question has any visible numbers then its most likely not documented but state registered. Anyone in law enforcement can run the numbers and find out all the owners info. But you will need to know the officer because they are not permitted to hand out this info.
Did you know that Florida state law still requires state
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The Coast Guard site only list documented vessals which normally applies to larger and/or commercial vessals and precludes recreational vessals
Not true, you can document any boat. Mine (pictured below) is documented.

If the boat in question has any visible numbers then its most likely not documented but state registered. Anyone in law enforcement can run the numbers and find out all the owners info. But you will need to know the officer because they are not permitted to hand out this info.
Did you know that Florida state law still requires state
State what? You mean registration? Yes, being that my boat is documented and has been for the five years I have owned it I would have to know this. But all it is is a decal that they charge you for each year. There are no state "FL" numbers required for the boat, it has a CG issued DOC number that is located in a hidden compartment and printed on the decal.
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The Coast Guard site only list documented vessals which normally applies to larger and/or commercial vessals and precludes recreational vessals
Not true, you can document any boat. Mine (pictured below) is documented.
The vessel must measure at least 5 net tons, so you can't document any boat.
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