Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Certified Public Angler

Question about purchasing a used boat?

Recommended Posts

I have been searching craigslist in Northern Florida/ Southern Georgia for a jon boat to buy.  I have found a few boats that I would like to purchase but I will have to drive about 2 and half hours to pick them up.

My question is, when the add specifically states "no title" what exactly does this mean?  And should I still consider it.

Also since I will need to tow the boat back to my house what precautions do I need to take to make sure I am towing legally?  Specifically the license plate?  Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No Title means they do not have the title work, so they can not prove that they actually own it.  You will not be able to register the boat and trailer without a title, so you will not be able to get a plate to trailer it.  Check with your local DMV to see if you can get a title for a boat, you might be able to, but it will cost you extra money

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
thanks guys, that helps a lot.

the add actually says: "14ft aluminum Jon boat with title, trailer no title but easily obtained."

I don't know how Florida is, but around here nothing is easy at the DMV...especially when you start with 'no title'. Let this be somebody else's problem. Too many other boats available.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here in Georgia, you do not have to have a "title" for a trailer.  All you get is a tag and registration.  I also had no problem whatsoever getting my boat licensed here with only the bill of sale.  The boat and trailer had not been licensed in several years.

As for transporting, all you need is a signed bill of sale with the sellers phone #, address, etc....  you are allowed to pull the trailer home then get it licensed.   You may get pulled over, but once you show the bill of sale, there should be no problem, unless he pulled you over for something else.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Check with the dmv or the local courthouse to find out the laws. I'm in Kansas, and in Kansas you don't have to put a license plate on anything that weighs less than 2000 lbs. Also, you don't have to have a title to register a boat, just a bill of sale.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
thanks guys, that helps a lot.

the add actually says: "14ft aluminum Jon boat with title, trailer no title but easily obtained."

that, my friend, is a whole nother story. If the boat and/or motor are titled you can obtain a title on the trailer by applying for a homebuilt trailer title. At least you can here in Texas. Good luck  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why do you want somebodies head aches ? Look around , you'll find a boat that you won't have to repair or fix daily.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Why do you want somebodies head aches ? Look around , you'll find a boat that you won't have to repair or fix daily.

ahh, the voice of reason.  Well the reason is because I'm a poor college student and it's only 75 bucks. I've been looking for awhile and maybe im getting desperate.  I have a 3 week break coming up before the fall semester starts and I was hoping to be able to mod a boat and fish the whole time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I understand being desperate for a boat. I was on my first boat, but like me, if you get to desperate for a boat, and just settle with the only one you can find, then you are liable to be desperate for money after all the repairs. I wouldn't get a boat with a whole in the floor of it unless you can weld, or no somebody that can weld and will do it for cheap. Welding is expensive to have done, and especially aluminum. I know this because I also am a certified welder in the state of Kansas. If you were closer I'd weld it for you, but until you find those resources, i'd stay clear of the one with the hole. JMO

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry to rebump this, I just dont have anyone else's opinions to ask really, I value ya'lls experienced opinions.  From all the ads I have dug through this popped out as a clear deal barring any untold damage or missing title.  It is a lot more then I planned on spending but when I showed my dad and told him I needed to go to the bank tomorrow he responded with no you don't, I am the bank.  If the guy doesn't have the title then I wont want to deal with him.  But otherwise I'm just hoping for some reassurance that I'm not wasting my dad's money.  It was posted at 6pm this afternoon, so Im going to call the guy tomorrow and try to lock it up if there are no gimmicks.  

2006 12 foot tracker topper with 2005 trailer and 30 lb thursh troling motor in good condition 600$

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sorry to rebump this, I just dont have anyone else's opinions to ask really, I value ya'lls experienced opinions. From all the ads I have dug through this popped out as a clear deal barring any untold damage or missing title. It is a lot more then I planned on spending but when I showed my dad and told him I needed to go to the bank tomorrow he responded with no you don't, I am the bank. If the guy doesn't have the title then I wont want to deal with him. But otherwise I'm just hoping for some reassurance that I'm not wasting my dad's money. It was posted at 6pm this afternoon, so Im going to call the guy tomorrow and try to lock it up if there are no gimmicks.
2006 12 foot tracker topper with 2005 trailer and 30 lb thursh troling motor in good condition 600$

Sounds like a good deal; almost too good.  :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did you call on the 12 foot Topper today?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yeah, 2005 trailer = a lawn mower trailer.  I just didn't really want that and he would sell boat and trolley only for 450.  I think im just getting too impatient and Im going to just wait for what is right.  Shore fishing isnt that bad.  :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably the best decision you have made so far. I rushed into a boat and to be honest with you, I wish I never would have even read the add about it. Thankfully I managed to get rid of it, but it did cost me. Good luck with the hunt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing forum

    fishing

    fishing rods

    fishing reels

    fishing forum

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×