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PA Boating Handbook
CHAPTER 3 - BOAT OPERATION
Boat Theft
Small boats are very vulnerable to theft. Titled boats are easier to identify and much more difficult to sell illegally. Boat dealers and other purchasers are more certain that someone offering a titled boat for sale has the legal right to do so.
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BOAT AND MOTOR THEFT PREVENTION CHECKLIST
  • Secure it. Store your boat and motor in a secure location. Use a hitch lock to secure your boat trailer. Lock your outboard motor to your boat with a motor lock or chain and padlock.
  • Mark it. Use an engraving tool to mark your boat, motor and the marine equipment with a unique identification (driver’s license number, etc.). Hide your engraved identification in a location where it is not easily found.
  • Record it. Keep a record of your boat and motor’s make, model and serial numbers.
  • Report it. Immediately report any theft to your local police and to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Division of Licensing and Registration, in Harrisburg, at 1-866-262-8734 (1-866-BoatReg). Reporting your loss to the police and the PFBC may lead to its recovery in the event someone attempts to sell or register it.
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