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Buying a boat in GA

Old 03-20-2019, 04:53 PM
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I have a buddy that is buying a small center console. He spoke with the buyer and let him know that he was approved And would like to come pick it up Sunday. at that time the guy said that they donít have boat titles in Georgia, that itís done with a bill of sale That he can give my friend. Is this normal?
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Old 03-20-2019, 04:55 PM
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Georgia does not require a boat title.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:42 PM
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OK thank you. So does he take the bill of sale Into the tax collectors office here in Florida? Iím just curious as how He would get registration without having proof of ownership other than a bill of sale.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:06 PM
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Iíve lived in GA all my life so Iím not sure how Florida handles boat titles/registration.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:20 PM
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you will need to make sure the boat is currently registered here in GA to the person that's selling it. then you just need a bill of sale. you submit bill of sale and copy of GA registration to FL, and they will issue a new FL title. the folks in FL are well aware GA is a non-title state for boats, its a non-issue.
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:51 PM
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Print off the Florida dmv bill of sale. Make sure you treat it like 3 individual sales boat, motors, trailer. Package pricing is almost always a problem and tax rates are different on the hull vs motors.
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Thanks guys I appreciate it
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by mikeym View Post
you will need to make sure the boat is currently registered here in GA to the person that's selling it. then you just need a bill of sale. you submit bill of sale and copy of GA registration to FL, and they will issue a new FL title. the folks in FL are well aware GA is a non-title state for boats, its a non-issue.
this is absolutely correct. the state registration is proof of ownership in Ga. the problem will only be if the name on the registration and the title do not match. I would tell your buddy to ask the guy to hand over the current registration card with the bill of sale. if the boat registration is in the sellers name and expired it is not a problem as the seller was the last registered owner. If the seller has a registration in someone else's name you will need a bill of sale from that person to the current owner and then one from the current owner to your buddy. just a paper trail.
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FWIW.........I would definatley have bill of sale notarized .
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:51 AM
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Just to point out - GA also doesn't ident motors separately from the boats. Ordinary boat sale is a bill of sale for the boat and one for the trailer (if there is a trailer.) I would handwrite an additional one for the motor with all pertinet info on it, as mentioned above. A Georgia seller may not think to do this.
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:02 AM
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all this info is online, on their websites as to what is needed to register and whether something is titled

that said, i always use a uscg bill of sale that requires notarization. may be hard pressed finding a notary on a sunday so have the seller notarized ahead of time. make sure the boat is insured on or before the sale date this is listed on the paperwork!
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:19 AM
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I'm sure it's been done but make sure the boat has no lien/loan on it. I would ask for some sort of verification of this being there are no titles.
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Gasser44 View Post
I'm sure it's been done but make sure the boat has no lien/loan on it. I would ask for some sort of verification of this being there are no titles.
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very easy if documented - abstract of title from uscg

otherwise, you can try ucc lien searches in any state where it was previously owned/registered/used
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:32 AM
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Your friend can also call up the Georgia DNR and ask about the boat by the HIN. I had to do that here in GA on a previous boat that was unregistered and untitled. I was nervous at first about the purchase, but it all worked out just fine.
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Tell him to get the boat, motor, and trailer all separate bill of sales. Florida doesnt register motors and he can save some money on the taxes.
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and tell your buddy to register on THT!
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ole_blue View Post
Tell him to get the boat, motor, and trailer all separate bill of sales. Florida doesnt register motors and he can save some money on the taxes.
Can one bill of sale list each item separately with a total or does it actually have to be 3 separate bill of sales?
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Can one bill of sale list each item separately with a total or does it actually have to be 3 separate bill of sales?
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