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Hopefully someone has some experience with this and can give me some insight. I finally came across a trailer for my boat as winterization and hurricane season creep closer. Only issue is the man selling does not have papers aside from the certificate of origin. If I was dealing with a motor vehicle I'd tell him to pound sand, but with a trailer I've heard initial registration with the certificate of origin is not a bad process. If anyone here has gone through this process please just let me know how it went and if it became costly. I really do need a trailer soon, but I'm not about to make a mistake that will cost me time, headache and unneeded expenditure. Thank you in advance.
 

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You used to be able to register as a "home built". You needed to come up with a total cost for building ( taxes ) and go to a scale to get the empty weight with the receipt. If you don't want to do this then look up Maine Trailer Reg and you will find some sites that will do it for you with about a week to ten day turn-around.
 

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+1 for registering in Maine. Easy peasy.
 

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I'd be a little wary, why didn't this guy ever register his trailer?

All you need is the signed previous registration it's transferable there are no titles for boat trailers.

Unless he's a dealer and can hook you up with the registration I'd walk away and find something else.
 

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Just register as "home built". Print the paper on line and fill out. Take it to the DMV with weigh ticket and your all set. Go to gershow or PK metal, or most other scrap yard for a quick weigh in.
 
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I did one last year very easy
Tell them its home made bring recites from Harbor freight and lows or home depot
they will give you papers fill them out give them back should take about an hour with out sitting time

I took recites to them that add up to $100 all you need to do is tell them you got tire from so n so you bought the aluminum from some one just show reciets My reictes were written on the back of an envelope and they took it
 

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I'd go the Maine route also.

I purchased a boat and trailer a while back. The trailer was not registered for many years as the original owner lived two houses from the dock and just used it for winter storage. I tried to go the 'correct' way with things signed from him but DMV would not have it. Had to register home made which was a pain as I didn't have receipts. Finally got them to register it at home made with "free parts from a friend who owns a marina". If I would have known about being able to register it with Maine I would have went that route.
 
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