At first you might think this question might be silly but the if you look you will see a lot of used boats are sold with no titles or titles to be delivered late.
I am a prime example of somebody that bought a boat that the owner was not able to hand me the title. I found the boat I have on Craigs list and the owner had bought it and not had the title changed to his name. And to make things better the person with the title lived in a different city than I did and the person I got the boat from lived in a city different than both of us.
When I bought the boat I had the seller sign a piece of paper stating they if he did not give me the title in 1 callender week he would refund the purchase price and i had his DL number and home adresse. I bough the boat on July 25, 2007 and had to wait longer than 1 week but I finally got the title and the boat and trailer are both in my name as of 9-10-07.
Here is what I learned about used boats in Texas.
A lot of people are selling boats that they do not have a title to or never transfered the title to themselves in Texas. I was told this is a growning problem fot TPWD. In a worse case if you buy a boat in Texas with no title you might have to turn it over to the police and they can auction it off. Or you just might buy a stole boat.
** I did find one way to get a title it was to to through a title servive where you sell them the boat and they title it and sell it back to you.
** When you buy a boat be sure to get
1) A detailed bill of sale.
2) A title if not a title be sure the seller will agree to refund the purchace price in a resonable time if they dont produce a title. ( I would visut there home and get there DL number and if possible a work number to be sure they dont run away.