An Abstract of Title for Overseas: the Foreign Vessel Title Search Request

Have you been researching a vessel that’s somewhere other than America and aren’t sure what information you can trust? Did you try filing an “Abstract of Title” on a boat in the United Kingdom and find that it isn’t applicable? This is something that happens more often than you might think. At the Maritime Documentation Center, our goal is, as ever, to empower vessel owners. We offer a form, the “Foreign Vessel Title Search Request/Transcript of Registry” that makes it possible for you to get the information you need in a manner you can trust. 

Abstract of Title 

Simply put, it tells you what you need to know. If you want to find out more about a vessel that isn’t in America, this is the form you use. A good analogy here is the Abstract of Title. This form offers similar information to that one. You’ll find out about the vessel’s history. How old it really is, where and how it was manufactured, and so forth – that’s just some of the information. Perhaps some of the most pertinent: whether or not there are any liens or mortgages on the vessel. This information can be utterly invaluable before you purchase a vessel. Of course, it can come in quite handy if you work at a financial institution, a government, or are a broker, and more. 

Why This Form Matters

To state it plainly, you get the truth. Imagine that you’re researching a vessel and want to know as much as possible. Certainly, this vessel sounds like a good deal: the owner has talked it up quite a bit, and everything looks amazing. As the vessel is in a foreign country, it’s not like you can swing by to check it out on your way home after work. This form makes it possible to find out everything there is to know about the vessel before you put your money down. Moreover, it can do that before you waste a lot of time talking to the owner/checking the vessel out, too. 

Where This Form is Applicable and More 

You can’t use this form to look up every vessel in every other country. However, you can use it to learn quite a bit about vessels in several countries. For example, if there’s a vessel you’re interested in in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Canada, the United Kingdom, the British Virgin Islands, or the Caymans, you can learn more about it here. You shouldn’t be limited to just one region when it comes to finding the right vessel for you. 

All the Other Forms You May Need  

We hope that your vessel search is successful and you get your dream vessel. Once that happens, to keep the dream alive, so to speak, you’re going to need many different forms of boat documentation most likely. No matter where your journey takes you, you’ll be able to find all of these forms at our site. For more: (800) 535-8570 or fill out our contact form.