I also bought a boat last year from a guy at my work. The guy i bought it from literly buys anything he finds at a good price on craigslist and turns around and makes profit on it. Lucky the boat had current regestration decals on it but they run out this year, 2012 was the last year of registration.
In other words i have no bill of sale, am i about to be jumping throught hoops paying money out of my ass to get this thing titled?
You are in violation of state law if you are running that boat on the other owner's registration. It DOES NOT matter if it has current decals. It has to be registered in your name. By law, the previous owner is required to mail his registration card into TWRA when he/she sells the boat. You do not have a valid registration to be operating the boat.
IMO, you are going to have to have a bill of sale from the person you bought it from to even have a chance of registering it. Some counties require the bill of sale to be notorized.If the previous owner did not pay sales tax on their purchase, then that may have to be done before it can be registered by you.
I would suggest that you call or see your county court clerk to see exactly what they are going to require from you.
Again, these are not TWRA hoops you are jumping through. The hoops are from Dept. of Revenue regulations.