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looking for the owner of a boat the boat is a Express ID number

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looking for the owner of a boat the boat is a Express ID number JBC29574A898. the owners name isXXXXX wilkersom
Submitted: 5 years ago.
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Expert:  SpecialistMichael replied 5 years ago.
Hi there my name is XXXXX XXXXX you for using JustAnswer. I can assist you with the way to find this information.

We get a lot of questions here on JustAnswer related to how-to find a boat owner's information. While we do not have public access to the specifics(address, name etc..) I can give you the steps that are typically recommended when someone is looking for the owner of a boat - usually in the case of an abandoned vessel.

Keeping in mind JustAnswer is a 3rd party information service, there are a few ways to find the owner of a boat using its HIN(hull identification number), the marine equivalent to a car or truck's VIN. You should be able to cross reference the registration your local DMV to find the HIN.

You will need to do this at your LOCAL DMV.

There are a few ways you can find the owner of a boat that is presumably abandoned.

The most common, relatively easy ways to find this are as follows:

1. Take the HIN and contact your local sheriffs office to file a lost property report. They will do their best to contact the owner of a "lost" boat which may or may not have abandoned. In states like Florida where abandoned boats are somewhat common this may take a little bit - in any case you may end up with a boat that is in fact abandoned and able for retitledment. They may or may not be able to give you information to be carried into the next step to contact the boat owner if it was lost or stolen.

2. (taking any information from step 1) Contacting a local DMV or Fish and Game department(assuming it may have been a fishing vessel) are 2 other similar options.

Boat ownership is considered public record so requesting information is possible but beware you may be charged a fee, similar to other information requests from a DMV. It it is an issue of being retitled in your name or claiming an abandoned boat the DMV will inform of the steps you must take if you want the boat, generally a 30-90 day process involving communication with the most recent owner.
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