To Clarify The Status of Boats <14 Foot In Ohio

Discussion in 'Boat Safety' started by H2O Mellon, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    There has been lots of questions in regards to wheter or not a boat less than 14 foot needs to be titled in the state of Ohio. I think the below info will clear this up'


    EMAIL SENT TO OHIO DIV OF WATERCRAFT ON 2/5/06

    Hello. My fishing partner bought a 13 foot 9 inch Jon boat from Bass Pro Shops today (2/5/06). Bass Pro Shops informed him that he would be mailed a title to the Jon & was also charged a $40 "title fee". In my opinon the ODNR laws are failry clear by stating the following: " A title is not required for any vessel less than 14 feet in length EXCEPT: effective January 1, 2000, vessels less than 14 feet in length with a permanently affixed mechanical means of propulsion of 10 HP or more will need a title." I even checke dwith the title department of where I work (a credit union here in Ohio) and was assured that the law was as written, anything less than 14 foot will not need a title in the stsate of Ohio. Can you please clear this up for us?

    Respectfully,
    Bryan Mellon




    ANSWER FROM OHIO DIV OF WATERCRAFT ON 2/6/06

    "Mr. Mellon, you are correct. If it is less than 14 ft. in length, a
    title is not required in Ohio. They should have given you the
    MSO(Manufacturer Statement of Origin) when you purchased the boat. I
    would contact them and ask what is the $ 40 title fee for."