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I got a canoe about a year ago from a family friend. I thought i would use it more but that wasn't the case. It still has the state and numbers sticker on the side (assuming for a motor) they are from the early 90s. 

 

Should I remove them before selling it or leave them there? I don't want the previous owner getting some kind of call for God knows what.

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Only if you intend to sell it to someone who does not intend to put a motor (gas or trolling) on it.

 

 

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I guess I'll just remove them anyway to be safe.

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In my state if you want to put a motor (gas or electric) on a boat over 14' you have to register it.

 

You have to prove ownership to register it. Anyone buying a used boat should ask for the title or certificate of ownership (sale) if you don't you will have problems down the road. Trust me I know. I learned the hard way that it is almost impossible to track down the original owner without those numbers.

 

Sorry this is a sore spot for me. I think ethically the best way to go is disclose you do not have the title or cert of sale when selling the canoe. It will save some poor Joe a big hassle down the road.

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On 3/22/2018 at 7:35 AM, NYWayfarer said:

In my state if you want to put a motor (gas or electric) on a boat over 14' you have to register it.

 

You have to prove ownership to register it. Anyone buying a used boat should ask for the title or certificate of ownership (sale) if you don't you will have problems down the road. Trust me I know. I learned the hard way that it is almost impossible to track down the original owner without those numbers.

 

Sorry this is a sore spot for me. I think ethically the best way to go is disclose you do not have the title or cert of sale when selling the canoe. It will save some poor Joe a big hassle down the road.

NY requires a title or a cert of sale of a canoe?

 

That's nuts.

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1 hour ago, Further North said:

NY requires a title or a cert of sale of a canoe?

 

That's nuts.

NY requires a title or cert of sale to register any boat 14’ or over if you want to put a motor (electric or gas) on it. You don’t need them if you intend to paddle it.

 

long story short. I bought a canoe off of Craig’s list. Owner gave me a written bill of sale. I had no problem with that as I intended to paddle mine. Well last X-mas I got a trolling motor as a gift. I needed to register the canoe to use it and the written bill of sale was not good enough. I asked the guy I bought it from if I could get the name of the person he bought it from to get the title/BOS and he said he doesn’t have contact with him anymore.

 

bottom line is I have to wait 1year from purchase date which will be this September so I can pay a fee and then register the canoe in my name. The year wait is to see if someone reports the canoe as stolen. 

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In NH we have the same rule, but if a state game officer inspects the canoe you can register it without a title. Who has a title for a 15 year or older canoe?

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18 hours ago, NYWayfarer said:

NY requires a title or cert of sale to register any boat 14’ or over if you want to put a motor (electric or gas) on it. You don’t need them if you intend to paddle it.

 

long story short. I bought a canoe off of Craig’s list. Owner gave me a written bill of sale. I had no problem with that as I intended to paddle mine. Well last X-mas I got a trolling motor as a gift. I needed to register the canoe to use it and the written bill of sale was not good enough. I asked the guy I bought it from if I could get the name of the person he bought it from to get the title/BOS and he said he doesn’t have contact with him anymore.

 

bottom line is I have to wait 1year from purchase date which will be this September so I can pay a fee and then register the canoe in my name. The year wait is to see if someone reports the canoe as stolen. 

Jeez...that's even more nuts...

 

We have to register canoes with motors in WI, but our process has no idiocy like that in it.  When I hung a trolling motor on my old Colman, I just sent the state a check for like $15 and they gave me a number...actually...I did it on line.  No check.

17 hours ago, deaknh03 said:

In NH we have the same rule, but if a state game officer inspects the canoe you can register it without a title. Who has a title for a 15 year or older canoe?

Canoes in WI don't have titles...

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