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Here is the situation, I have a buddy that is a contractor and was doing some work after the hurricane for a Wildlife and Fisheries office and recovered an aluminum boat. The agency said that he could have the boat if he was able to get it out (it was in pretty bad shape and had to be recovered with a large backhoe). To cover himself he asked for some form of documentation in writing declaring the boat "his". LADWF said no problem and drafted a letter stating that the boat was "scrap" and that he was entitled to it. After all the repairs, etc., were made, LADWF will not allow you to register a "scrapped" boat and will not issue boat numbers. This is a really big problem because all the game wardens can recognize that at one time it was one of their boats, when they see it they always want to check out who's in it! The problem we are running into is that SCRAP is a legal term and thats where the hang up is comming from. We are in no way bashing LADWF and are very greatful for the boat.
Is there anyway to bring a boat back from the "dead" and what is the process and where does it begin. We always stay legal and want to go about this the right way, we just need to know what to do! I knew some of you guys may be able to help. Thanks, Blake
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   wilford
After Katrina there were a lot of people inquiring about salvaged or found boats. The LDWF said that there were no laws on the books about salvage rights for boats, and that there was no legal way a person could "find" or "salvage" a boat and register it in their name. If you do a Google search, you will probably be able to dig up the articles pertaining to this subject.

Legally, they can't just "give" you the boat, there would have to be some paper work involved.

I have no idea about the "Scrap" label you say they put on the boat.
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   dmax4x4
If There is no permanent ID #'s sound like a homemade boat to me
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   gauger
I'm with Dmax on this one. You simply used scrap to build a new boat, therefore the LDWF has to issue a certificate of registration. NON CARBORUNDUM ILLIGITIMI !!!!!
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What is the Make, Year, Model, and length of the boat?
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   sowtrout1
Approach the WLF with the boat as a newly built boat (by you) in your backyard, a home made project. They should issue you paperwork then for a hull number complete with registration.
If you can find any hull numbers on the hull now (stamped into the hull, such as a vin # ) remove them now before applying with LWF.Keep your letter from WLF that you have now as proof that it is a "salvage" since u will remove the old hull vin #'s to show you did not steal it but recovered it.
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   wilford
my brother has built a few boats himself. You need to bring receipts for all the materials used to build the boat in order to register it. He also already said that LDWF agents recognize the boat as having been one of theirs, wouldn't want this guy to get accused of fraud, would ya?
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I've been running a Salvaged, Unregistered boat since May of last year and have had no problem with the LDWF. The boat I am running doesn't have any numbers and has never been registered. I do have a bill of salvage sale from the insurance company and have spoken with the LDWF on more than one occasion about this particular boat and they said run it all you want, they have no problem with it!
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I know somebody that just went thru something like this and I say you are fighting a loosing battle , he built a aluminum boat as he is a welder and tried to get it registered and they wouldn't do it , they (WLF) said that the only built aluminum boats that can get a registration post Katrina has to be made by a boat fabrication shop that is licensed by the state
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   pecka
The plant I work for just got there river pump suctions cleaned. I talked to the divers and this subject was brought up. One of them told me that their company had been pulling boats from all over the place. They stated that the company that has the contract to remove the boat has the rights to it. The guy I talked to just got a boat as a bonus from his boss. I think the company name was Merrick out of St. Rose. We never talked about regestration issues but they did say they had the right to the boats. Try to find a salvage company and give them a call.
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   wilford
time to end the speculation, direct from the LDWF website on 6/6/2007, registering a boat:

MOTORBOAT APPLICATION
REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Registration Forms

ALL REQUESTS FOR REGISTRATION TRANSACTIONS REQUIRE A COMPLETED APPLICATION ALONG WITH OTHER APPLICABLE DOCUMENTATION AS FOLLOWS. FAILURE TO SUPPLY ALL INFORMATION INCLUDING SIGNATURE OF OWNER WILL RESULT IN REJECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION.

New Application
Proof of ownership - a copy of invoice from dealer or manufacturer's statement of origin. Proof of state and local taxes paid must be evident on the invoice, or application must be accompanied by an original Tax Certification Form (R-1331), signed and stamped by local tax office and Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation.

Boats coming into Louisiana from another state must have the out-of-state registration or title, invoice from dealer, or a notarized bill of sale with raised seal. In addition, if the boat is 10 or less years old, a completed original Tax Certification Form R-1331 is required. If out-of-state registration/title is not available, a certified original letter from the state that the boat is leaving acknowledging the status of the boat or documentation of origination of the boat is required.

Homemade boats without a Hull Identification Number (HIN) that are applying for new registration must go through INSPECTION. A registration application and an inspection application are required. Original receipts for materials indicating taxes paid must be provided at the time of inspection. Applicants for inspection of boats other than homemade must provide proof of ownership and a notarized affidavit of history of the boat at the time of inspection. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL RECEIPTS WITH INSPECTION APPLICATION. THEY MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE AGENT AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION.

Transfer
Current registration number must be on all applications for transfer of ownership. In addition to the application, proof of ownership with a NOTARIZED bill of sale with a raised seal signed by the prior owner OR the prior owners Louisiana Boat Registration Certificate with the reassignment of ownership on the reverse side completed and signed by the previous owner.

Boats coming into Louisiana from another state that have never been registered in Louisiana are NEW APPLICATIONS.

Duplicate Certificate
Current registration number must be on the application.

Duplicate Decals with Certificate
Applications must provide current registration number and a NOTARIZED affidavit with a raised seal stating why decal replacement is being requested. If the decals are damaged, they must be returned with the application. Affidavit is available @ wlf.state.la.us

Renewal
Applications must provide the current registration number.
GENERAL INFORMATION

The owner of a boat is required by law to report changes of ownership, address, loss or destruction of certificate number, and destruction or abandonment of boat within 15 days of the occurrence. The owner of a boat is required to report any registered boat, which has been stolen, to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries within five (5) days.

A collision, accident, or other casualty involving a vessel and resulting death or injury to a person must be reported to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attn: Boating Accidents, P. O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898, within 48 hours. If only property damages in excess of $200.00 are incurred, the report must be filed within 5 days. To obtain forms for reporting a boating accident, contact the nearest Wildlife & Fisheries office.

It is a violation of Federal and State law to knowingly possess any vessel or motor from which the Hull Identification or Serial Number has been removed or altered.
TO AVOID ADDITIONAL FEES, IF REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS ARE NOT RECEIVED WITHIN 30 DAYS, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE @(225) 765-2898.

RETAIN THIS COPY UNTIL ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE AND DECALS ARE RECEIVED.
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