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Old 06-09-2015, 10:24 AM
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Have come to an agreed upon price for a 23 foot boat in Florida which is 630 miles from my house. I have not checked to see if their is a lien on the boat but the owner seems very standup and I have emails from him stating there is no lien and have talked to the marina where the boat was sold and kept. This boat has been kept in a dry storage marina and is pristine. I am paying with a cashiers check after a test drive. I have made the decision to trailer this back 630 miles with my wifes Toyota Sequoia with towing capacity of 6500 lbs. Here is the plan:
1. leave Friday with one or two buddies and drive halfway, stay at hotel, then get up and drive to dock to test drive boat
2. pay for the boat and trailer, have title signed over to me as well as get all documents, temporary trailer tags and signed bill of sale.
3. drive back that afternoon the entire way (means night driving on interstate 10).

So very much appreciate any pearls of wisdom/advice. Especially would like to know if there are any holes in the plan. Have already received great advice from this site so far. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:27 AM
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Get HID number and provide to your insurance company and tell them to make insurance effective in advance of your expected delivery. I tend to take the worst-case-scenario every time . . . expect to get T-boned in both my tow vehicle AND boat simultaneously; I want coverage on that first drive.
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:32 AM
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The title should show if there is a lean on the boat.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:09 AM
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Thanks guys. Definitely will insurance in place on boat, engines and trailer.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:14 AM
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Be sure the owner has title in hand and is not at bank, etc. You will not be able to get a temporary trailer tag but you will have documents that prove it was just purchased so shouldn't be an issue in case you are stopped.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:33 AM
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Have the trailer axles serviced before you head back. At the very lease, have them inspected.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:57 AM
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Time your closing so you can do it in a bank branch....many banks have Saturday lobby hours. The bank can notarize the bill of sale so you don't have to chase that after the fact.

Unless you are buying a trailer, it sounds like the trailer that came with the boat hasn't been used. Have you looked at it? What kind of shape are the tires in? Have the bearings been serviced? Do the lights work?

It can get awfully lonely on I-10 if you break down....especially if its at night....
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Old 06-10-2015, 06:19 AM
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I'd want to hear it from the bank that is holding the title that there are no leins on the title. You would just hate driving your tow vehicle 650 miles to find out the owner forgot about using the boat for collateral on the daughters car!
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:52 AM
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In VA the titles will state if there is a lien, and will state "no liens" if there is no lien. Ask seller to .pdf a copy of the titles (boat and trailer) to you.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:04 AM
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If their is no lien, why would a bank have the title. In most places that I have been 1 of 3 things will be the case.

1) if there is a lien the bank has the title
2) if there is no lien, the owner has the title
3) The state has the title, and it declares if there is a lien.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:07 AM
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make sure you have a few spares for the trailer….I bought my boat in Hilton Head, SC and trailered it down to FL. Got a blow out at 3am in the middle of nowhere, could have been bad with no spare
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:11 AM
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Second that about getting the trailer checked out. Depending on age and whether it has been launching in saltwater, it could be rough. Bearings rusty, tires aged, lug nuts seized.

If boat has been dry stacked, trailer has been sitting and corrosion may have been at work.

Going on a 600m trip with an iffy trailer is risky as heck.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:13 AM
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Get bill of sale NOTORIZED! Also check trailer well! I drove all the way from slidell Louisiana to miami to buy a whaler once and there was a lien and trailer was shot! Guy wanted me to pay him and he said he would mail me title HA! We wound up having a good time stopping at Disney on way back ...... Just make sure you get notary done before any check is handed over
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:16 AM
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Make sure you get the trailer registration, signed and filled out where it has the "sale" portion. In FL that's your proof of ownership for the trailer. A regular bill of sale will not suffice.

Make sure the title is clean, unaltered, and that the guy signing it is who's named on the title.

Make sure the HID on the title matches the boat, and the VIN on the trailer registration matches the trailer.

If I was a seller there's no way I'd let you leave with my boat after handing over a cashier's check. Make sure he's ok with your plan for payment and that he's willing to accept a cashier's check and release the boat the same day.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by WalkingTheDocks View Post
Make sure you get the trailer registration, signed and filled out where it has the "sale" portion. In FL that's your proof of ownership for the trailer. A regular bill of sale will not suffice.

Make sure the title is clean, unaltered, and that the guy signing it is who's named on the title.

Make sure the HID on the title matches the boat, and the VIN on the trailer registration matches the trailer.

If I was a seller there's no way I'd let you leave with my boat after handing over a cashier's check. Make sure he's ok with your plan for payment and that he's willing to accept a cashier's check and release the boat the same day.

What this guy said, check his drivers licence against the name on the title.

Before you leave home have the guy mail you a copy of the title and of his drivers license. Before you leave with the boat you and the seller need to have the bill of sale notarized. Any UPS store will have a notary on hand and can take care of this in literally 2 minutes. Well worth the time. Good luck!
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:35 AM
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Bring grease for the bearings
Spare tire or 2
Full Size Jack
4 way
May need trailer light adapter
Strap the boat to the trailer
630 miles you may want to wrap the center console in plastic wrap so you dont have to clean all the bugs off it on your return
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by WalkingTheDocks View Post
If I was a seller there's no way I'd let you leave with my boat after handing over a cashier's check. Make sure he's ok with your plan for payment and that he's willing to accept a cashier's check and release the boat the same day.
All the seller needs to do is call the bank and validate the check.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:03 AM
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^which may be very tough on a saturday afternoon as the op's post seems to suggest when the transaction would occcur
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:07 AM
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Wow!! Thanks so much for the advice. I have received so much help on this forum. The trailer is new but didn't have a spare so I'm getting one today. Also getting the bow, transom and gunwhale ties today. Now I'm going to bring an extra jack. I almost had the boat trailered by a third party and I have to thank Smitty for the offer to provide this service. Thanks again everyone.
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Originally Posted by VTXrider View Post
All the seller needs to do is call the bank and validate the check.
No guarantee that the one you're holding in your hand is the one you're validating.

A wire is the only thing guaranteed, and when I'm letting my property worth thousands of dollars go down the road, I deal in guarantees.
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