Free Boat | Vessel Bill of Sale Forms | PDF Templates

The boat bill of sale is designated for the transfer of ownership from one person or entity to another. When filling-in the form, the buyer and seller will typically have to enter their names and mailing addresses along with the boat’s:

  • HIN (Hull Identification Number)
  • Number (#) of Hours (on the engines, if any)
  • Style (Color, Manufacturer, Hull Type, Year Built, and any other details important for the sale.

Afterwards, the payment details and other information may be entered such as:

  • Purchase Price (in US Dollars, Trade, or Both)
  • Liens and Encumbrances (if any)
  • Vessel Condition (List any major scratches, marks, or other needed repair items)
  • Odometer (Usually in hours but also in other distance formats as well)

Lastly the parties will need to sign the document and can choose to do so with witness(es) present or a notary public. It is not required but is highly recommended to have a third (3rd) party present.

By State

Alabama Hawaii Massachusetts New Mexico South Dakota
Alaska Idaho Michigan New York Tennessee
Arizona Illinois Minnesota North Carolina Texas
Arkansas Indiana Mississippi North Dakota Utah
California Iowa Missouri Ohio Vermont
Colorado Kansas Montana Oklahoma Virginia
Connecticut Kentucky Nebraska Oregon Washington
Delaware Louisiana Nevada Pennsylvania West Virginia
Florida Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island Wisconsin
Georgia Maryland New Jersey South Carolina Wyoming


If the boat is being sold in the same State, the Seller should have registration documents to allow the new owner to easily get the new tags.

If the boat is being sole in a different State, the buyer will typically have to follow the new registration guidelines in their respective State and ensure that they move the boat in accordance with State laws (For Example: most States require that any and all plants be removed from the hull/engine in order to maintain the local plant species).

Authorization (Signatures)

There is no requirement for a notary public or witnesses to authenticate the Boat Bill of Sale. Therefore, both parties should be aware that upon their signatures that the form represents a legal contract for which both Buyer and Seller must perform.