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Boat Bill of Sale basics

If you are buying or selling a boat or other vessel, a Boat Bill of Sale helps to record the transaction. By getting the details in writing, you'll have documentation of the sale, which you may need in order to transfer ownership legally.


How do you write a Bill of Sale for a boat?


Making a Boat Bill of Sale using Rocket Lawyer is simple. You just need the following information:

  • Registration number of the boat
  • Make and model of the boat
  • Style of the boat
  • Type of features included with the boat
  • Payment details

With this information, you will be able to automatically generate your own Boat Bill of Sale. Once the document is made you can edit, print, download, or share it with someone else. Make sure you keep a copy for your records.


Does a Bill of Sale for a boat have to be notarized?


Notarization requirements differ depending on your state. Check with the appropriate state agency that handles boat registrations (e.g. DMV or game and wildlife agency) to find out whether your Boat Bill of Sale will have to be notarized. You can also ask a lawyer about what is required in your area.


Can I write my own Bill of Sale?


Yes, you can make your own Bill of Sale using Rocket Lawyer's online platform. Consider these questions beforehand to speed up the process:

  • What form of payment will be used by the buyer?
  • What warranties will the seller make on the boat?
  • How will sales tax be incorporated into the price?
  • When will the boat be transferred?

If you don't have all of these details, you can save your document and finish it later.


Can you sell a boat without a title?


It depends. Certain states require a title for any transaction to occur while others do not. Make sure to check with the state agency that manages boat registrations to ensure that you are allowed to sell a boat without a title. Talk to a lawyer for more guidance, or consider contacting agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the game and wildlife agency.


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