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January 15, 2023

It May Be Difficult But Certainly Not Impossible!

So, you’ve decided to finally get rid of your old rickety boat by donating it to charity. However, you’re not sure if the nonprofit will accept your vessel since you don’t have its title anymore.

So, can you still donate a boat without a title?

Well, as a general rule, most organizations require a clear title to accept a boat donation. That’s because the title is proof of ownership, and it’s necessary to legally transfer the boat from you, the donor, to the new owner (in this case, the charitable organization). Without a title, the waters become murky and the process a little more complicated.


3 Ways to Donate a Boat Without a Title

Don’t despair just yet if you’re having difficulty donating your boat that’s without a title! It doesn’t mean that vessel is destined to remain a yard ornament. Here are three key ways to donate a boat without a title:

  1. Obtain a replacement title.

If you’ve simply misplaced the original title, your first port of call should be your local DMV or its equivalent agency for marine vessels. The agency can guide you through the process of getting a replacement title, which usually involves filling out an application and paying a small fee. Keep in mind, though, that every state has its own rules. So, be sure to check the specifics for your location.

  1. Establish ownership with other documentation

If getting a replacement title isn’t possible for some reason, you may still be able to prove ownership of your boat with other documents, such as bills of sale, registration documents, or insurance papers. However, be aware that this isn’t a guaranteed solution as some charities might still insist on having a title for the boat you’re offering to donate.

  1. Find an organization that accepts boats without titles.

Some charities accept old boats even without titles. They used the boats to collect boat parts or scraps, which they then sell. It’s less common, but not unheard of. Just see to it that you do your due diligence and ensure that the organization is 100% reputable.

Ultimately, donating a boat without a title might seem like trying to sail against the wind, but with a little patience and perseverance, it can be done. The key is to understand the requirements and explore all your options.


No Title? No Problem — if You Donate Your Boat to Us!

Here at Veteran Car Donations, we have title specialists who will gladly assist you in obtaining a duplicate copy of your boat title. So, yes, you can donate your unwanted boat to us even if you’ve lost its title.

What will gladden your heart all the more is the realization that you’ll be playing a role in improving the lives of the struggling veterans in your community with your boat donation.

Once we get hold of your watercraft, we’ll put it up for auction and distribute the funds to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to supporting former U.S. service members who are homeless and impoverished, those who are unable to find decent jobs, and those suffering from service-related disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental disorders.

Our charity partners use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with housing and financial assistance, family support, employment and livelihood opportunities, free comprehensive health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, educational scholarships, and many other benefits that are all aimed at uplifting their lives.

As a donor, you will reap valuable rewards. We’ll promptly mail you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your boat soon after it’s sold at auction. The receipt will entitle you to claim the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax season.

You will also benefit from our fast and painless donation process. We’ll take care of your paperwork and pick up and tow your boat at no cost to you wherever it is stored or moored anywhere in the United States.

However, these material rewards may pale in comparison to the priceless joy of knowing that you’re doing something that will give the suffering veterans in your community the help they need to get back on their feet.

It’s not just boats that we accept as donations. We also take many other types of vehicles, and they don’t even have to be in good working condition! Head over to this page to learn what else you can contribute to our donation program.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us at 877-594-5822 or send us a message here. For more information on our vehicle donation program, you may check out our FAQs page.


Touch the Lives of Our Heroes Today!        

Your vehicle donation will surely help our former service members achieve their dream: to finally experience what it’s like to live a decent and dignified life. So, what are you waiting for? Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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