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    Need guidance in figuring out how to sell my dad(39)s bayliner (bay area, ca)?-gctid828238

    Hello boating friends,

    My dad passed away in June and I believe he was an active member of this forum (though I don't know what his handle was!). My mom (the administrator of his estate) and I are having an unbelievably complicated time figuring out how to get all the paperwork in order to sell my dad's 1986 Bayliner 3270, twin hino non-turbo diesels. This boat was near and dear to my family and me in my later childhood growing up, but in my dad's later years it sat for a while in the water so there's some work to be done and we are ready to cut our losses and stop paying the $400/month slip fee.

    I have some questions for anyone who knows anything about selling a boat in California. Any guidance is much appreciated. Apologies for my naivete, this is a completely new world to me. Some backstory/information:

    -- We have had interested buyers, but only recently did we finally get the letters testamentary/affidavit stating that my mom is the administrator of his estate, so have had to turn people away as it didn't appear that we could legally sell it (but we can now?). We were able to avoid going through probate.

    -- We cannot find a california title or registration for the boat, only a current NVDC document! Here's my big question, do all boats in the state of california have to be registered? Is it possible that my dad had it registered and we can't find the actual paper registration, or is it also possible that he didn't need to and never did have it registered in the state, as being documented by NVDC surplants the need for state registration (!?)

    -- I am making the assumption that we need to have a state title in order to sell it, but I'm not sure this is true. I've been on the phone with both DMV and with the NVDC and have gotten four different people telling me four different ways to do this. I'm not sure which is most expeditious/efficient. One way requires us to apply for a new registration, then transfer it from my dad's estate to my mom or me personally to have my or her name on the title. There is apparently another way which precludes the need to transfer it out of his name.

    Does anyone have any experience with this type of situation? Do we even need to involve the DMV?

    Wish I knew someone in maritime law! Our family lawyer has no idea. Happy to provide any more info if I can... Thanks for any assistance.

    #2
    You may want to send a PM to NeilW on this forum. He had a repair and brokerage shop in Alameda and should be familiar with CA rules regarding boat titles.
    1999 3788, Cummins 270 "Freedom"
    2013 Boston Whaler 130 SS
    Anacortes, WA
    Isla Verde, PR

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      #3
      Sorry for your loss.

      I agree, Neil would have the answers you need.
      Joel
      1987 3818 Hino 175
      "Knotty Girl"
      Prince Rupert B.C.

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        #4
        The boat may be documented with the USCG (Coast Guard.) What is NVDC?
        Jeff & Tara (And Ginger too)
        Lake Havasu City, AZ
        |
        Current: 2008 Playcraft 2400 MCM 350 Mag B3
        2000 Bayliner 3388 Cummins 4bta 250s (SOLD 2020)
        2000 Bayliner 2858 MCM 7.4 MPI B3 (SOLD 2018)
        2007 Bayliner 305 MCM twin 350 Mag B3s (SOLD 2012)
        2008 Bayliner 289 MCM 350 Mag Sea Core B3 (SOLD 2009)
        And 12 others...
        In memory of Shadow, the best boat dog ever. Rest in peace, girl. 7-2-10

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          #5
          Sorry for your loss.
          Be good, be happy, for tomorrow is promised to no man !

          1994 2452, 5.0l, Alpha gen. 2 drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

          '86 / 19' Citation cuddy, Merc. 3.0L / 140 hp 86' , stringer drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

          Manalapan N.J

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            #6
            "Jeffw" post=828254 wrote:
            The boat may be documented with the USCG (Coast Guard.) What is NVDC?
            National Vessel Documentation Center, the part of the USCG that documents boats I think.
            Joel
            1987 3818 Hino 175
            "Knotty Girl"
            Prince Rupert B.C.

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              #7
              If it is registered in the state it will have stickers on the bow that start with CA. If your mom is the administrator of the state she can sign it over the "pink" slip. If you can't find it, you can go to DMV and get a replacement. If it's registered with the coast guard, good luck. I had to go thru probate when my mom died because she didn't have a will. Cost me around 20k to transfer the house to my name.
              Esteban
              Huntington Beach, California
              2018 Element 16
              Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida
              Former Bayliners: 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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