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Old 03-25-2010, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a friend who is a member at a local sportsmans club. There were several abandoned boats from past members auctioned off earlier this spring, some of whose owners were contacted and others whose owners were not. Unfortunately, my friend does not have any contact with the previous boats owner. This boat is probably a 30 year old john boat, no idea how long it had been laying there, but he would like to properly title it with the state. Any idea how to go about this? Thanks.
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I don't know if it is the same local club that I am a member of, but we have had different results. I may have the details wrong, but my understand is that it has ranged from no problem and a new title and threats of criminal penalties. I think our club finally said for the DNR to come and pick up the boats because you can't even legally sell them for scrap without a title. It seems to be one of those things where it depends on which guy you get and his understand and interpretation of the law. Good luck, and if you find anything out, let me know.

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Thanks for the response. Looks like the club didnt go about the sale in a completely lawful way.
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It is a pain in the rear. Think about it. If it was easy to do, people would steal boats like crazy, title them, and resell them.
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Thanks. I didn't read all of it, but it looks straight forward. There are some hoops, but there should be. Certainly looks like somebody didn't get their ducks in a row because it seems like the procedure is there. Although from the second hand information, the DNR should have been able to explain what needed to be done to get rid of the abandoned boats, which is all our club was trying to do. I think it was both sides not doing their homework.
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Everything on the process you want to know can be found here. From how to legally sell and how to obtain a title in illinois.

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http://www.dnr.state.il.us/admin/Final%20Abandoned.pdf
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It's not as hard as you may think. Simply mail the state a letter saying that the boat was from out of state and used on private property. I bought my first boat from a storage place where the guy defaulted on his payments. I didnt have titles and the boat was too old to read the hull id #'s. They will send you a new title and id #'s to put on yourself.
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It's not as hard as you may think. Simply mail the state a letter saying that the boat was from out of state and used on private property. I bought my first boat from a storage place where the guy defaulted on his payments. I didnt have titles and the boat was too old to read the hull id #'s. They will send you a new title and id #'s to put on yourself.
It may be that easy, if it's not true and the boat has an IL state vin # it may toss up a few flags. Maritime laws regarding abandonment and leans are very much in favor of the possible lien holder or party in possesion. If the boat may have been title - registered in IL I would ask the sportsmans club for a letter on their letter head stating the abandonement, lenght of time stored before sale and the lack of contact or response from the owner over that time. Hopefully they have a policy on how long a boat can be stored without contact or payment before it would be sold. Add that to your application and it should answer any questions they might have.
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