Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale (England & Wales)

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Form to use when buying or selling a Boat or Vessel in England or Wales. It offers the option to sell the vessel “as is” or with a warranty.

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If you are selling or buying a boat or other types of watercraft, a Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale (sometimes known as a Boat or Watercraft Bill of Sale) is designed to document the terms and conditions of the transaction and to protect your rights. This legal form can possibly help you avoid potential problems later.

A Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale is also useful for accounting and tax purposes and includes the description, identification information, and trailer availability of the vessel. The buyer can use this legal document to help prove ownership of the vessel.

This legal document also allows the seller the option of selling a vessel "as-is," without any express warranties as to the condition. This Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale also includes detailed instructions that guide you through each provision making it simple to easily understand the terms of your legal form.


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These important provisions are included in this Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale:
  • Consideration Paid: This provision states the amount paid for the vessel and also can be used by the buyer to prove that valuable consideration was paid for the vessel;
  • Seller’s and Buyer’s Name / Address: Locates and identifies the parties to this sale in the event of a dispute;
  • Information about Boat: Name, Type, Make, Model, Year, etc.;
  • Vessel Identification Information: Identifies the unique record of the boat or vessel to avoid confusion;
  • Motor Information (if included in the sale): Motor Model, Horsepower, Fuel, Serial Number, etc.;
  • Trailer Availability: Identifies whether the trailer is included, available, or not part of the purchase;
  • Optional "As-Is" Clause: Seller is not making any implied or express warranties as to the condition of the vehicle.
This form packet prepared by lawyers includes:
  1. England and Wales Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale;
  2. Simple instructions plus a checklist; and
  3. Additional useful information about Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale documents.
Law Compliance: This form complies with the laws of England and Wales.
This is the content of the form and is provided for your convenience. It is not necessarily what the actual form looks like and does not include the information, instructions and other materials that come with the form you would purchase. An actual sample can also be viewed by clicking on the "Sample Form" near the top left of this page.








Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale
(England & Wales)















This Packet Includes:
1.   Instructions and Checklist
2.   General Information
3.   Step-by-Step Instructions
4.   

Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale


Instructions & Checklist
Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale
(England & Wales)

q   The Seller should sign the Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale.

q   The Seller should initial the bottom of page 1 of the Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale.

q   Signature(s) does normally not need to be witnessed or notarised.

q   If the Boat/Vessel is being purchased from a person other than a British owner, the Bill of Sale must be authenticated by a British Consul or Notary Public certifying the signature of the person signing.

q   If the Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale is signed on behalf of a corporate owner, it should be accompanied by a Power of Attorney from the Body Corporate authorising the person to sign on behalf of the company.   

q   Buyer(s) keeps original Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale.

q   Seller(s) should keep a copy of Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale.

q   Seller should provide the name of any lien holder(s) where appropriate.

q   Buyer should make sure that there are no liens (by lenders, lien holders etc…) on the boat or vessel that have not been disclosed by Seller.

q   Seller should indicate if any equipment or other item is not sold together with the vessel.

q   This form offers the option to sell the vessel “as is” or with some form of warranty.  Choose whichever paragraph is appropriate and mark it with an “X”. You should delete any inapplicable paragraphs before finalising your document.

q   If the “as is” paragraph is selected, the Buyer should initial the box on the right of the “As Is” Paragraph and sign in the Buyer signature box.

q   These forms are not intended and are not a substitute for legal advice. These forms should only be a starting point for you and should not be used without consulting with a solicitor first.

q   The purchase and use of these forms, is subject to the Disclaimers and Terms of Use found at findlegalforms.com





General Information
Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale
(England & Wales)

Whenever you sell a boat or other type of watercraft, it is a good idea to document the transaction in writing.  A Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale, (sometimes know as a Boat or Watercraft Bill of Sale), can be used to document the terms and conditions of such a sale. It can help both the Seller and Buyer to protect their rights and is useful to both for tax and other accounting purposes. A Boat / Vessel Bill of Sale can also help the Buyer prove that he/she owns the boat or watercraft.

The Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale is not always sufficient by itself to complete the sale and transfer of a vessel. If the vessel has any type of “Certificate of Title” it should also be signed over by the Seller and filed with the appropriate state agency.

One important consideration when buying or selling a boat is to ascertain if the boat has ever been fined.  Boats are considered independent entities, so if they have ever been fined it stays with the boat and carries over to the new owner.  Some of the highest fines are usually a result of the boat causing environmental damage.  

Buying a used boat is a “buyer bewares” situation.  If you are the purchasing a used boat and are not familiar with what exactly you should be looking for, you can hire a marine surveyor or boat builder to help you.

In a private boat sale the following terms must be present for a valid sale:

   The owner must have the right to sell the boat/vessel.
   The boat should match the description set forth in the Bill of Sale.
   The craft should not be misrepresented in any way.



Once the contract is taken care of, be sure to perform the transfer of title.  Just as with a car, even after the contract is signed and the key are handed over, the sale is not complete until the seller signs over ownership.  Ask and see the sellers Bill of Sale from when he originally purchased the boat.  Documents that will also prove ownership are insurance policies and boat registration cards.  You can cross check the Hull Identification Number against the numbers written on the Sellers paperwork as well.



It is also possible to search the boats title in the state that the boat is registered in.  Check with the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (if the boat is documented) to determine if there are any liens on the boat.

Registration of non-commercial pleasure craft is not compulsory for a UK Citizen who keeps their boat in the UK, but it is essential if you wish to take your boat outside of UK territorial waters.

   Please note that this information is not intended as and is not a substitute for legal advice.




Step-by-Step Instructions


Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale
(England & Wales)

The following instructions will walk you through each provision to help you fully understand the terms of your agreement.

Introduction:  Consideration must be present in a Bill of Sale in order for the document to be valid. Here, enter the price to be paid for the boat/vessel.

Enter the name and address of the Seller. Enter the name and address of the Buyer.

Vessel Information:  Fill in all details of the boat or vessel as indicated.  

 Below vessel information, indicate if there are any liens on the boat.  If there are none, write “n/a” (not applicable), or line through the space and initial.

 If there is anything that is part of the boat that will NOT be included in the sale, enter it in the space provided.

 Indicate if the boat will be sold “as is” or if the vessel will be sold with any warranty.

Signature Block:  Date the document. Both Seller and Buyer should sign the agreement and retain a copy for their records.







VESSEL BILL OF SALE

IN CONSIDERATION of the sum of £ ________________, received by __________ _________________, ("Seller") whose address is  ____________________________
___________________________from _____________________________, ("Buyer") whose address is ______________________________________________________, receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, Seller grants, sells, conveys, transfers and delivers to Buyer the following Vessel (the "Vessel"):

Vessel Description:
Name of Vessel:
Type of Vessel:
Manufacturer:
Make:
Model:
Year:
Overall Boat Length:       Ft.      In.
Boat Beam Width:        Ft.        In.
Boat Transom Depth:      Ft.      In.
Hull Material:

Hull Identification Number:
Vessel Registration Number:
Port of Registry:

Motor Model:
Horsepower:
Fuel (Gasoline/Diesel)
Serial Number:
Type of engine:  o single engine   o twin engine   o inboard   o outboard

Includes Trailer o Yes o No
Make:
Model:
Year:
S/N:
Additional: o sink o toilet o shower

To have and to hold the same unto Buyer and Buyers executors, administrators, and assigns, forever.

Seller warrants to Buyer that Seller is the legal and true owner of the Vehicle and that Seller has the right to sell the Vehicle.

Seller warrants that Vessel is sold free and clear from any lien, security interest, mortgage or other encumbrance, except a lien by _____________________ (“Lien Holder”).

Vessel is sold together with an equal interest in the Masts, bowsprit, sails, boats, anchors, cables, tackle, furniture, electronic equipment and all other necessaries thereto appertaining and belonging except: _____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________Seller will defend Vehicle against any claims or demands, except any previously mentioned lien (if any).



o The Vessel is sold AS IS with no express or implied warranties or representations having been made by Seller to Buyer.
OR
o The Vessel is sold with the following warranty:
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Seller has hereunto executed and delivered this Vessel Bill of Sale this ___________________ (“Date”).


SELLER


                  
Signature

                  
Print Name



BUYER


                  
Signature

                  
Print Name





Number of Pages7
DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
EditableYes (.doc, .wpd and .rtf)
UsageUnlimited number of prints
Product number#33543
This is the content of the form and is provided for your convenience. It is not necessarily what the actual form looks like and does not include the information, instructions and other materials that come with the form you would purchase. An actual sample can also be viewed by clicking on the "Sample Form" near the top left of this page.








Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale
(England & Wales)















This Packet Includes:
1.   Instructions and Checklist
2.   General Information
3.   Step-by-Step Instructions
4.   

Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale


Instructions & Checklist
Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale
(England & Wales)

q   The Seller should sign the Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale.

q   The Seller should initial the bottom of page 1 of the Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale.

q   Signature(s) does normally not need to be witnessed or notarised.

q   If the Boat/Vessel is being purchased from a person other than a British owner, the Bill of Sale must be authenticated by a British Consul or Notary Public certifying the signature of the person signing.

q   If the Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale is signed on behalf of a corporate owner, it should be accompanied by a Power of Attorney from the Body Corporate authorising the person to sign on behalf of the company.   

q   Buyer(s) keeps original Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale.

q   Seller(s) should keep a copy of Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale.

q   Seller should provide the name of any lien holder(s) where appropriate.

q   Buyer should make sure that there are no liens (by lenders, lien holders etc…) on the boat or vessel that have not been disclosed by Seller.

q   Seller should indicate if any equipment or other item is not sold together with the vessel.

q   This form offers the option to sell the vessel “as is” or with some form of warranty.  Choose whichever paragraph is appropriate and mark it with an “X”. You should delete any inapplicable paragraphs before finalising your document.

q   If the “as is” paragraph is selected, the Buyer should initial the box on the right of the “As Is” Paragraph and sign in the Buyer signature box.

q   These forms are not intended and are not a substitute for legal advice. These forms should only be a starting point for you and should not be used without consulting with a solicitor first.

q   The purchase and use of these forms, is subject to the Disclaimers and Terms of Use found at findlegalforms.com





General Information
Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale
(England & Wales)

Whenever you sell a boat or other type of watercraft, it is a good idea to document the transaction in writing.  A Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale, (sometimes know as a Boat or Watercraft Bill of Sale), can be used to document the terms and conditions of such a sale. It can help both the Seller and Buyer to protect their rights and is useful to both for tax and other accounting purposes. A Boat / Vessel Bill of Sale can also help the Buyer prove that he/she owns the boat or watercraft.

The Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale is not always sufficient by itself to complete the sale and transfer of a vessel. If the vessel has any type of “Certificate of Title” it should also be signed over by the Seller and filed with the appropriate state agency.

One important consideration when buying or selling a boat is to ascertain if the boat has ever been fined.  Boats are considered independent entities, so if they have ever been fined it stays with the boat and carries over to the new owner.  Some of the highest fines are usually a result of the boat causing environmental damage.  

Buying a used boat is a “buyer bewares” situation.  If you are the purchasing a used boat and are not familiar with what exactly you should be looking for, you can hire a marine surveyor or boat builder to help you.

In a private boat sale the following terms must be present for a valid sale:

   The owner must have the right to sell the boat/vessel.
   The boat should match the description set forth in the Bill of Sale.
   The craft should not be misrepresented in any way.



Once the contract is taken care of, be sure to perform the transfer of title.  Just as with a car, even after the contract is signed and the key are handed over, the sale is not complete until the seller signs over ownership.  Ask and see the sellers Bill of Sale from when he originally purchased the boat.  Documents that will also prove ownership are insurance policies and boat registration cards.  You can cross check the Hull Identification Number against the numbers written on the Sellers paperwork as well.



It is also possible to search the boats title in the state that the boat is registered in.  Check with the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (if the boat is documented) to determine if there are any liens on the boat.

Registration of non-commercial pleasure craft is not compulsory for a UK Citizen who keeps their boat in the UK, but it is essential if you wish to take your boat outside of UK territorial waters.

   Please note that this information is not intended as and is not a substitute for legal advice.




Step-by-Step Instructions


Boat/Vessel Bill of Sale
(England & Wales)

The following instructions will walk you through each provision to help you fully understand the terms of your agreement.

Introduction:  Consideration must be present in a Bill of Sale in order for the document to be valid. Here, enter the price to be paid for the boat/vessel.

Enter the name and address of the Seller. Enter the name and address of the Buyer.

Vessel Information:  Fill in all details of the boat or vessel as indicated.  

 Below vessel information, indicate if there are any liens on the boat.  If there are none, write “n/a” (not applicable), or line through the space and initial.

 If there is anything that is part of the boat that will NOT be included in the sale, enter it in the space provided.

 Indicate if the boat will be sold “as is” or if the vessel will be sold with any warranty.

Signature Block:  Date the document. Both Seller and Buyer should sign the agreement and retain a copy for their records.







VESSEL BILL OF SALE

IN CONSIDERATION of the sum of £ ________________, received by __________ _________________, ("Seller") whose address is  ____________________________
___________________________from _____________________________, ("Buyer") whose address is ______________________________________________________, receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, Seller grants, sells, conveys, transfers and delivers to Buyer the following Vessel (the "Vessel"):

Vessel Description:
Name of Vessel:
Type of Vessel:
Manufacturer:
Make:
Model:
Year:
Overall Boat Length:       Ft.      In.
Boat Beam Width:        Ft.        In.
Boat Transom Depth:      Ft.      In.
Hull Material:

Hull Identification Number:
Vessel Registration Number:
Port of Registry:

Motor Model:
Horsepower:
Fuel (Gasoline/Diesel)
Serial Number:
Type of engine:  o single engine   o twin engine   o inboard   o outboard

Includes Trailer o Yes o No
Make:
Model:
Year:
S/N:
Additional: o sink o toilet o shower

To have and to hold the same unto Buyer and Buyers executors, administrators, and assigns, forever.

Seller warrants to Buyer that Seller is the legal and true owner of the Vehicle and that Seller has the right to sell the Vehicle.

Seller warrants that Vessel is sold free and clear from any lien, security interest, mortgage or other encumbrance, except a lien by _____________________ (“Lien Holder”).

Vessel is sold together with an equal interest in the Masts, bowsprit, sails, boats, anchors, cables, tackle, furniture, electronic equipment and all other necessaries thereto appertaining and belonging except: _____________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________Seller will defend Vehicle against any claims or demands, except any previously mentioned lien (if any).



o The Vessel is sold AS IS with no express or implied warranties or representations having been made by Seller to Buyer.
OR
o The Vessel is sold with the following warranty:
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Seller has hereunto executed and delivered this Vessel Bill of Sale this ___________________ (“Date”).


SELLER


                  
Signature

                  
Print Name



BUYER


                  
Signature

                  
Print Name





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