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What boats need to be registered?
Do you use a motor?
Yes I use a motor:
Any motorized boat, even a trolling motor, must be registered in order to use the boat in Pennsylvania.
No I don't use any motor:
The boat does not need to be registered if you do not use a motor. However, if you use State waters or State access areas, you need a launch permit or an unpowered registration on the boat.
Launch permits are only recognized in Pennsylvania for PA waters and access areas.
In Pennsylvania, you will know if the boat is titled if you look at the registration card. There is a section on the registration card for a title number; if that section has all asterisks then the boat is not titled and only registered. In this case the registration card is used to transfer ownership.
If there are numbers in that section, then the boat is titled and must remain titled.
In order to change ownership on a titled boat, the title must be notarized and transferred properly to the new owner--just like a motor vehicle.
As for other State's, please check with that State directly for what proof of ownership is needed for the sale of the boat.
Boats get registered and/or titled in the State that you use them the most--not where you live.
So if you use your boat in PA more than your home or any other State, then you must register it in Pennsylvania.