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Documentation Required to Sell Your Boat

Boat Title

Boats are titled if they are over 14’ in Rhode Island. If they are under 14’ they will not have a title.

If the boat is registered in Connecticut, the boat will be title if it was purchased in 2017 or later.

If there is a lien on the boat, the title will not be in the seller’s possession, however, all payoff information must be provided to our Office Manager, Barbara Fisher, to be verified.

Current Boat Registration  

Please provide us with your most recent boat registration.

Current Outboard Registration

An outboard registration is only applicable if your boat is registered in Rhode Island.

Trailer Registration (if a trailer is part of the for sale package)

We require trailer registrations for all brokered boats. If the trailer has never been registered, a new buyer cannot register the trailer in their name for legal use upon sale. Legally, the registration should be current, but as long as you have a copy of a previous registration certificate we can transfer ownership.

Trailer Title

A trailer has a title if it weighs more than 3,000 lbs. If it is under 3,000 lbs there will not be a title.

Boat Bag/ Manuals

Boat Manual

Outboard Manual

Electronics Manual(s)  

The boat bag is usually provided to a new owner and contains the boat, outboard and electronics manuals. A used boat with the original bag & manuals is always greatly appreciated by the new owner. Please note, some older boats will not have a boat bag, but may have original manuals.


We ask that we are provided with a set of keys. Typically, once we have a deposit in-hand a sea trial is likely to occur.  

Please be aware, the originals for the documents listed above will need to be provided upon the sale of the vessel. Some of these documents will require the signature of the seller upon releasing to Ocean House Marina for the new buyer. If you are not local full-time it is helpful for the originals to be provided upon listing the boat to ensure an efficient closing upon offer agreement & negotiations.
If you cannot locate your title, please let us know so we can assist you in applying for a duplicate. All trailers must have proof of registration to qualify for resale.

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