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What is a Vessel Bill of Sale?

A Vessel Bill of Sale is a legal document that enables a buyer or seller to transfer ownership of a boat or other watercraft in writing. Whether you are buying or selling the vessel, a Bill of Sale helps to make the transaction official. This document serves as the official receipt of the sale and records key details, such as the sale price, warranties, and odometer reading. A Vessel Bill of Sale can help to protect the buyer and seller after the transaction by ensuring that everyone is on the same page about the condition of the vessel before money changes hands.

When to use a Vessel Bill of Sale:

  • You own a boat or watercraft which will be sold or transferred to another person.
  • You plan to buy a boat from an individual rather than a dealer.

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FOR AND IN CONSIDERATION OF the sum of U.S. Dollars, plus any applicable sales tax, paid by , the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, (the "Seller") of , , DOES HEREBY SELL, ASSIGN, AND TRANSFER to (the "Buyer") of , , , the following vessel (the "Vessel"):







Hull Identification Number (HIN):

Registration Number:





The Buyer has been given the opportunity to inspect the Vessel, or alternatively, have the Vessel inspected. Additionally, the Buyer has accepted the Vessel in its existing condition.


The Seller certifies under penalty of perjury that the statements made in this Bill of Sale are true and correct to the best knowledge of the Seller.



By: Date:



By: Date:



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  • Do I need an attorney for my Vessel Bill of Sale?

    Making a Vessel Bill of Sale is typically straightforward; however, you might still need legal advice. It may depend on whom you reach out to, but sometimes a lawyer won't even agree to review a document that they did not write. An easier approach to consider is to request help from attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. With a Premium membership, you can ask for guidance from an experienced attorney or ask additional questions related to your Bill of Sale. We're here for you.

  • How much would it normally cost for a lawyer to help me make a Vessel Bill of Sale?

    The cost of finding and working with a traditional legal provider to produce a Vessel Bill of Sale might range anywhere from two hundred to one thousand dollars, depending on where you are and how complex the issue is. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than many other Bill of Sale template websites that you may discover. As a Rocket Lawyer Premium member, you can get up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney.

  • What needs to happen after I have written my Vessel Bill of Sale?

    When you have completed your customized Bill of Sale with Rocket Lawyer, you'll have the ability to review it anytime, anywhere. With a membership, you may make edits, print it, or sign it with RocketSign®. Your Vessel Bill of Sale Form also comes with a list of directions for what to do next.

  • Does a Vessel Bill of Sale Form need to be notarized or witnessed?

    Witnesses and notarization are not legally required for your Vessel Bill of Sale Form.

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