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Curious to know how you would go about checking a boats legal status before purchasing a boat that was up for sale.

What steps could a potential purchaser take to ascertain whether the person selling the boat is the legal owner of the boat and it is actually theirs to sell ?, it's just that I've seen a few boats up for sale where the seller states that they are selling the boat on behalf of a friend/relation ect

And how would you check to see if the boat isn't on finance and it was being sold without the finance companies knowledge ?

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Posted an hour ago and still no response?

Sadly, the "BettleFish" would have responded by now and put you on the path to enlightenment, but sadly he no longer inhabits these parts - however. if you do a quick search you will see one of his many posts on the subject, hopefully you can find what you need from there.

Good luck.
 
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Have a look on this thread. There is some relevant info on there from Tom but you will no longer be able to search for his posts as he has left the forums:schmoll:
 

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Paul, are you suggesting everyone's not like me and looks at a screen 24/7??

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Curious to know how you would go about checking a boats legal status before purchasing a boat that was up for sale.

What steps could a potential purchaser take to ascertain whether the person selling the boat is the legal owner of the boat and it is actually theirs to sell ?, it's just that I've seen a few boats up for sale where the seller states that they are selling the boat on behalf of a friend/relation ect

And how would you check to see if the boat isn't on finance and it was being sold without the finance companies knowledge ?

Cheers.
There are still certain principles in English law that still hold good - the question is for how much longer. The principle of 'uberrimae fidei" - utmost good faith - is accepted when a receipt is issued in return for moneys paid, that receipt to include details enabling the subject of the transaction to be clearly identified. This covers older boats, caravans, (but not Brighton Pavilion or Blackpool Tower), etc. An E-bay issued receipt in these circumstances can be sufficient to prove title.

More recent boats have a "chip" which identifies them, and the principle of "Caveat Emptor" then applies.
 

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There are still certain principles in English law that still hold good - the question is for how much longer. The principle of 'uberrimae fidei" - utmost good faith - is accepted when a receipt is issued in return for moneys paid, that receipt to include details enabling the subject of the transaction to be clearly identified. .
I think that applies when the item in question is subject to a finance agreement but would not apply if the item was in fact stolen.
 

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I may well be wrong on this, our laws are a total mess unless they raise revenue for the government. Unless the boat is on the Small Ship's Register there is no provenance recorded.

Caveat Emptor applies in every small boat sale unless registered on the SSR.

Under the Theft Act, pay less than the going rate for goods, ie. a bargain, you can be prosecuted for Handling Stolen Goods, pay market value for them and you just loose your money but avoid prosecution when the goods are returned to the owner, either way you loose your money and boat but avoid prosecution in the latter case.

Nightmare basically, and as the Government is getting nothing from the sale they ain't interested in providing legislation to protect you.

No change there then, you shouldn't have the pennies left after tax to buy a luxury like a boat.

"Simple solution, we ain't taxing you enough" Quote from any politician you care to name. They got bath plugs and light bulbs to replace afterall, at your expense.
 

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"Simple solution, we ain't taxing you enough" Quote from any politician you care to name. They got bath plugs and light bulbs to replace afterall, at your expense.
 
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