ABA Boat Maintenance & Repair Questions and Responses
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the opinion of ABA member and marine mechanic Tim Harrington of
Madison Marine Service, Harwich, Massachusetts. Tim is responding to
a question solely based on the information an ABA member provided. Neither
ABA, nor Tim Harrington, nor Madison Marine Service assume any
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Q. I recently acquired a 1960's era rowboat. The serial number is worn
off and I want to get it licensed. What can I do?
I would suggest you contact your State Boating Office to see what the
regulations are in your state regarding registering a boat. Each state
has its own laws, and I am not familiar with all the laws in all the
states. You may get contact information for the Ohio Boating Office
from the National State Boating Law Administrators website,
Q. I'm trying to
locate the serial numbers for my boat and trailer so I can register it
but I can't find them. Is there any stamped numbers on the trailer? It
is made by Hustler. Also is there anywhere else I can find the numbers
for the boat other than on the transom? The only reason I'm looking
for all this is because I just bought the boat and the previous owner
lost the title.
Thank you for your question regarding your Sea Ray. I hope I can help.
It sounds like you have already purchased the boat and trailer in
question. For future reference, as a surveyor, I won't even look at a
boat for a client unless the owner can show me a clear title that
includes the boat, motor, and/or trailer. This protects the potential
buyer and may save future headaches.
I discussed this question with the Hyannis branch of
the Massachusetts State Department of Marine and Environmental Office.
(That is where I am located.) They were most helpful and informed me
that if your Sea ray is prior to 1970 it may not have a hull I.D. (You
may want to contact Sea Ray directly,
http://www.searay.com, and see if they have further
information for you.) The Massachusetts office was kind enough to
point me in right direction as far as who to talk to in Ohio.
You need to contact the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources at 614-265-6480. My understanding is that you will have to
have the vessel inspected by either a state surveyor or an appointed
officer. A contact name that I was given regarding this is Mr. Richard
Barrera. He can be reached at 614-265-6490. Once the vessel is
inspected and there is a record of that inspection, you may apply for
a title for the boat.
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