I have both a state title and USCG certificate of documentation.  This is only 
because I registered the vessel with the state first, but if I documented 
first, I would not have a state title.    

Let’s say I foolishly sign over my state title to one person while at the same 
time I sign over my USCG CoD to another person.  Who has legal rights to take 
the vessel.   I’m guessing the one with federal documentation, but I’m also 
thinking that the one who pays the state registration and taxes first may have 
an edge, at least with local authorities, at getting possession (which as the 
saying goes is 9/10 of the law). 

Paul E.
1981 C&C 38 Landfall 
S/V Johanna Rose
Fort Walton Beach, FL



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