Texas Boat Registration challenges

The title summarizes the issue, so let’s go through the scenario.
Apparently Texas Parks and Wildlife  boat registration rules are pretty darn stringent. If I had known, I would have sold my boat before I brought it to Texas.
Here’s the story. I’ve been in Florida for decades and acquired a small boat that was capable of being rowed or used with a small outboard for fishing. I used mine frequently while rowing alone. However, it’s only 8 foot in length, so rowing with two people is a challenge.
In the state of Florida, boats of a small enough size or cost are not required to be registered unless you want an outboard. If you want to add an outboard, just bring in the VIN, pay your fees and your registered and can add an outboard.
Fast forward to relocating to Texas and your met with a highly complex matrix of requirements. However, every instance related to my circumstance hinges on a bill of sale or invoice because they require you to Title it and Register it. This also means the local ads are loaded with boats with my circumstance that haven’t got a solid enough paper trail that owners are trying to unload.
My advice to you before you come to Texas, read the rules before you bring your boat. You may find yourself with a boat you can’t use and you’re unable to sell. 

Author: 21Buzzards

Mid-life retired reservist in the corporate IT world parenting a grandchild. Sharing my evolution as age and priorities impact life.

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