I need help identifying!

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by Brandon Horn, Jul 17, 2018.

  1. Brandon Horn
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    Brandon Horn New Member

    I have a boat I bought from a guy with only a bill of sale from him to me and another guy to him. I cant find the hull number anywhere. Isn't in the top right of the transom and I don't even know where to begin. I have a bill of sale that says 17' reinell rv but nothing else. No year either.

    Also the guy I bought it from said it was a 1979 bayliner. No model. I think it may be a 1700 mutiny of that year but I'm not sure.
    It has a mercury 140hp straight 6 engine as well.

    Any help please!! 20180716_182130.jpg

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  2. philSweet
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    philSweet Senior Member

    Phone Cal DOT (DMV) in Sacramento. Have an email typed in with a scan of the BoS and the photo with the old registration numbers. Tell them you need the info off the last registration so you can begin to clean up the old gal's paperwork. Most important is the year. Make and model is second. Last known owner (and contact info) is third. They may want the email from you or they may not. After you've got an id or whatever they will give you, ask about the Antique Vessel Program, I suspect you boat would qualify. That can reduce the registration costs. Also, the people in the Antique Vessel program may have a bit more patience to help you sort out everything you need to do. A thirty second google search suggests California may not consider it an antique until it is 50 years old, but ask anyway.

    And on the off chance you didn't know, those old OBs still fetch a decent price, don't go monkeying with it if you aren't a mechanic. You can probably find a collector to swap it for a much newer one if that suits you.
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