Floater wrote:My only legal course to get the money was to sue the people that sold me the boat, then they could sue the pawn shop, then the pawn shop could sue the thief. I'm not about suing good people, so I just took the few hundred dollars loss as tuition to the school of boat ownership (there has certainly been higher tuition paid to this school).
That couple hundred is just the beginning, as things go with boats. That's why they call them 'boat bucks', and I'm not talking hundreds here.
I went many rounds with the DMV when trying to register my trailer, bought with the boat from a broker (who sold my keel boat, and is well known among sailors and not a crook). The PO had passed away, and his admiral was selling the boat and trailer. In NY, the trailer registration is transferable, and trailers aren't titled, so you just sign it over to the new owner, and with a bill of sale, simply transfer ownership and get it registered, keeping the same plate and all (unless you want a new one, which I did since the old one was badly mangled). But both their names were on it, and the DMV clerks and even a supervisor didn't know what to do. One insisted I produce a death certificate, which I had to lean on the broker to secure. It was awfully intrusive to ask the widow for that, and I felt terrible about it, but I was stuck without it.
Long story made short, the broker suggested I go to a third (or fourth) different branch office of the DMV near his location and try there, as each one was giving me a different story, and that office simply stamped up the paperwork and gave me a new registration. No death certificate needed. Both names were on it, but since the word "and" did NOT appear on the registration, either one of them could sell it (implied "or", I guess) without the other being involved. Took all of two minutes, where hours were wasted dealing with people who didn't know what to do, and each making me jump through different hoops.
Maybe a minor point, but something to look out for when transferring title or trailer registrations - multiple owners, along with the usual (leans, missing or damaged S/N's, things like that. Officials don't always know what they're doing, either. Big surprise there, I know.