Should you find a boat without an owner, you might be wondering, “How can you take ownership of an abandoned boat?” Well, our team has all the answers you need.
How Can You Take Ownership of an Abandoned Boat?
More people than you’d think end up asking themselves whether or not they can claim an abandoned boat, since it’s fairly common to find these around Canada. Now, the matter isn’t as simple. So, how can you take ownership of an abandoned boat? Here at the National Vessel Registry Center, we can guide you through the steps that you will have to follow.
Check For Possible Ownership
To take ownership of an abandoned boat you will first need to confirm whether the vessel is actually without ownership or not. This means that you’ll need to consult with Transport Canada about whether or not there are official ownership claims over the vessel. The best way to do this is to request historical research on a vessel. This process will provide information from the Ship Registration Computer System Database from 1984 to the present, or from microfilm if the vessel was registered before 1984. In order to do so, the process will require the official number or the vessel name to carry out the consultation. This process is for registered vessels only, and it won’t include vessels licensed under the Pleasure Craft Licensing system. You can easily take care of this request here through our platform.
File For Registration
So, you’ve checked, now can you take ownership of an abandoned boat? Well, once you’ve made sure that the boat in question is abandoned, then you can begin the process of registering it. By definition, a boat with no ownership in Canada has been relinquished, left, or given up by the lawful owner without the intention to later resume any right or interest in the vessel. This means that there needs to be an attempt at contacting the possible owner before it can be claimed. Once those checks have been cleared, then you can go ahead and register the boat with Transport Canada or get its pleasure craft license if you are planning on simply using it recreationally. You can take care of either of these through our platform.
Get Your Initial Registration
Your boat ownership should be fun and exciting, which is why we don’t want you to have to worry too much about its more menial aspects, such as paperwork. Here at the National Vessel Registry Center, we can help you take care of all this quickly and efficiently so that you can focus on what matters most. Here, you will find every form, every application, and every guide related to your boating documentation, so go ahead and get started with whatever it is you have to do, be it your registration, your pleasure craft license, or your boat history transcript. Our platform will have everything you need and more