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 Post subject: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:59 pm 
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I found a 14 that I would like to buy on Craigslist. The person selling it has no title. In SC, any sailboat must be titled to be registered. The person selling the boat is someone I know and trust, so I am not afraid I am being scammed, but I also want to do this right.

The SC DNR titling process is long and expensive. Anyone have a better idea on how to do something more quickly? What are the odds of getting fined/ticketed? And then what happens?


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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:55 pm 
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Are you sure that a 14' needs a title? In Wisconsin we only need titles on 16' sailboats and over. But 14' or over just needs a registration tag and numbers.
I've never seen a police boat try to stop a sailboat yet. The only time a cop boat came near me was on my 1st pitchpole with a 14, over 20 years ago.
I've been waiting almost 2 months for registration and title for a 16 now.

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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:00 pm 
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Did a 15 second google search and in south Carolina boats 14' and under do not require a title unless it has a motor

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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:46 am 
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I live in Ohio and have a 14 ft. Catamaran. Our law states that a boat under 14 ft doesn't need a title, and a Hobie 14 isn't technically 14 ft. When given the same hassle, I took in the specs. After some surprise on their part (not many are boating people), my boat was licensed without any further argument. They also "tagged" the boat on-line so there wouldn't any any questions in the future. Check your state regs, and best of luck to you. It might also be worth your while to go in on a low volume day/time ( not lunch, not Saturday) when the employees aren't under a time constraint.


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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:28 pm 
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In Wisconsin... Non motorized boats are optional on registration...(voluntary) this would cover canoes, kayaks and row boats under 16'
But if it's a sailboat over 12' it requires registration only
All boats over 16' must have titles just to register...

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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:45 pm 
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I have a H16 in SC and titled/registered it with DNR. Any boat under 16 feet, without a motor, does not require a title or registration. The process you are talking about involves advertising the boat for a period of time, and some other steps, and is only required when one is trying to recover from a no-title situation. Did you call DNR and ask them about the length exemption? They might tell you that this process is not required for boats under 16 feet. If so, the titling did not seem to be much work to me.


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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:01 am 
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A "Bil of Sale" from PA will get the job done, we don't have titles for wind powered boats. An inventive person could come up with one of those easily.

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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:49 pm 
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I also think you are okay with the 14 -- did a little bit of Google research myself for SC specifically. It looks like anything that doesn't have a motor is ok. If you ever get checked, just show them the gov site: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/boating/faqs.html#eleven :)

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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:20 am 
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justincazel wrote:
I found a 14 that I would like to buy on Craigslist but there are some great bowstring silencers here. The person selling it has no title. In SC, any sailboat must be titled to be registered. The person selling the boat is someone I know and trust, so I am not afraid I am being scammed, but I also want to do this right.

The SC DNR titling process is long and expensive. Anyone have a better idea on how to do something more quickly? What are the odds of getting fined/ticketed? And then what happens?


Pretty sure you don't need a title! Agreed with above


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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:54 am 
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I have no idea of it, but I think it is a risk.


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 Post subject: Re: 14 without a title
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:15 pm 
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Here on the boarder of SC/NC and have been told a title for my Wave is not necessary. In GA, where I bought her only had a bill of sale and the title to the trailer. Is that maybe what the title is for? Had the boat registered in GA had received the sticker each year without ever being asked for a title on the boat. Good luck and good winds.


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