Am I not allowed on the water until the boat is registered? Or is a copy of the bill of sale good enough until the registration comes in? The boat is registered until 2010 in Tennessee and I have a copy of the registration card, but obviously its not in my name yet since I just purchased the boat. I probably should have asked this before I went out the first time. I just wanted to check cause I would like to fish the Wateree tourney next week, but I don't think I will get the registration back by then.