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(A) No person, except as provided in § 96.48, shall sell or otherwise dispose of a watercraft or outboard motor without delivering to the purchaser or transferee a physical certificate of title with an assignment on it as is necessary to show title in the purchaser or transferee; nor shall any person purchase or otherwise acquire a watercraft or outboard motor without obtaining a certificate of title for it in the person’s name in accordance with R.C. Chapter 1548; however, a purchaser may take possession of and operate a watercraft or outboard motor on the waters in this state without a certificate of title for a period not exceeding 30 days if the purchaser has been issued and has in the purchaser’s possession a dealer’s dated bill of sale, or in the case of a casual sale, a notarized bill of sale.
(R.C. § 1548.03)
(1) A watercraft covered by a marine document in effect that has been assigned to it by the United States government pursuant to federal law;
(2) A watercraft from a country other than the United States temporarily using the waters in this state;
(3) A watercraft whose owner is the United States, a state, or a political subdivision of a state;
(4) A ship’s lifeboat. As used in this division (B)(4), LIFEBOAT means a watercraft that is held aboard another vessel and used exclusively for emergency purposes;
(5) A canoe;
(6) A watercraft less than 14 feet in length without a permanently affixed mechanical means of propulsion;
(7) A watercraft less than 14 feet in length with a permanently fixed mechanical means of propulsion of less than ten horsepower as determined by the manufacturer’s rating;
(8) Outboard motors of less than ten horsepower as determined by the manufacturer’s rating.
(C) The various certificates, applications, and assign- ments necessary to provide certificates of title for watercraft and outboard motors shall be made on appropriate forms ap- proved by the Chief of the Division of Parks and Watercraft.
(R.C. § 1548.01(B), (C)) (Rev. 2017)
(D) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.