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Registering a boat with no hull ID
Just my experience, when it's all said and done, I'll update the post with the final outcome.
So my dad has a 14' flat bottom aluminum boat. He's had it about 20 years and he got it from a co-worker who had it about 10 years. The boat has never been registered and has no hull ID number. Myself and 5 other have searched everwhere possible for it, it ain't there. Boat has never had a motor on it and was just used for pond hopping. Been sitting in the woods for the last 15 years. Got it cleaned out, including the sapling that was growing in it.
It's an El Do Craft Hunter/Fisherman. I reasearched it on the net, and found that it was probably made between 1975 and 1980.
So I go to LDWF today to start jumping through hoops. SHOCK and AWE! Very friendly people and the process doesn't seem that bad.
Filled out application for title.
Filled out application for registration.
Need to get notorized bill of sale from my father.
Filled out a form to give to a Justice of the peace to give me ownership of the boat.
Once that is done, I pay my $77 and have an enforcement agent to come out and inspect the boat, not for seaworthiness, but I'm assuming just to make sure that I haven't filed off the hull numbers and to double check that they aren't there.
They've already given me the numbers to put on the side, but I can't put them on until the process is complete.
I hope the rest of this goes as well as the beginning. Hope this helps anybody else out there who might have run into questions about the process. Or if anybody has gone through the process, comments would be appreciated. Also, this was all done in person at LDWF in Baton Rouge. Not sure if the face time helped, but I guess it couldn't hurt.